We found 9 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Cigna near La Mesa, CA.

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Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas is open to new patients.

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Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy sees patients in Santee, CA, El Cajon, CA, and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy studied medicine at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. For his professional training, Dr. Reddy completed a residency program at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Reddy welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lajin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 330
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Lajin works as an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lajin graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Lajin is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Guntur Medical College. Dr. Reddy's training includes a residency program at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Reddy is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks German and Japanese. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kamyar graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Schaeffer has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Meng Hua specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Heidelberg University and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hua is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Ali Banaie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 420
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ali Banaie works as an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Banaie include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Banaie takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark's residency program. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Banaie is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Banaie has an open panel.

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Dr. Alexander Shpaner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shpaner's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shpaner is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and a graduate of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's residency program. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is conversant in Russian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shpaner has an open panel.

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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