Ileitis is inflammation in the ileum, which is part of the small intestine. It is most commonly caused by Crohn’s disease, but sometimes, other conditions, like infections or ischemia can cause it. Overuse of over-the-counter pain medications may also cause ileitis in some people.
Can a person recover from ileitis?
It is possible to recover from an acute episode of ileitis, but if this condition occurs with Crohn’s disease, it is likely to be chronic. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that typically involves periods of remission and relapse. Treatment can make symptoms of Crohn’s disease manageable, but it is possible to experience serious complications with this condition.
Does everyone with ileitis have Crohn’s disease?
While Crohn’s disease is the most common cause of ileitis, it is possible to experience ileitis without having Crohn’s disease. For example, an intestinal infection or irritation may cause a temporary bout of ileitis.
How is ileitis treated?
Treatment for ileitis depends upon the cause. A doctor may perform an X-ray to examine the small intestine and determine the cause of ileitis and the best course of treatment. If ileitis occurs through the course of Crohn’s disease, you will likely require medications to treat it. Many people with Crohn’s disease also require surgery at some point.
- “I have painful bouts of diarrhea, and during these bouts, I have blood in my stool.”
- “I have abdominal cramping, along with a lack of appetite, which has caused weight loss.”
- “I developed fever and abdominal pain, and I had diarrhea that didn’t get better with over-the-counter medications.”