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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
40 Commerce Park
Milford, CT
 

Dr. Renuka Umashanker is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Umashanker is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Umashanker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Umashanker average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Umashanker has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
849 Boston Post Road; Suite 202
Milford, CT
 

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hebbar takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Hebbar attended J.J.M. Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
849 Boston Post Road; Suite 202
Milford, CT
 

Dr. Jennifer Thompson's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thompson is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Thompson is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
240 Indian River Road; Suite C2
Orange, CT
 

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Fahmi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fahmi attended Sir Salimullah Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Fahmi's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.