While most people will experience mild bloating from time to time, it can also be a symptom of serious health conditions. When is discomfort and distention in the abdomen more than a passing inconvenience? When is it a sign of something more serious? Learn more here. Causes of Bloating Several factors can contribute to bloating, … Continue reading “When Should I See a Doctor About Bloating?”

In the movies, we see actors fall over clutching at their chests, and we assume it’s a heart attack. In reality, there are a lot of other reasons for chest pain. While chest pain should never be ignored, it doesn’t always point to a heart issue. What can Cause Chest Pain Besides the Heart? GERD, … Continue reading “What Can Cause Chest Pain Besides the Heart?”

The correct medical term for difficulty swallowing is dysphagia, which may arise from a number of different conditions. There are three main ways in which dysphagia presents. Knowing this can help your doctor diagnosis the cause of the condition and create a suitable treatment plan. Oral Dysphagia Oral dysphagia stems from problems in the mouth … Continue reading “Possible Causes of Dysphagia”

Throwing up isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. Vomiting persistent enough to make you consider visiting a specialist can be particularly difficult to manage. When is an upset stomach just an upset stomach, and when does it warrant a trip to the gastroenterologist? What Is Considered Chronic Nausea and Vomiting? The presence of nausea … Continue reading “When You Might Need to See a Gastroenterologist for Vomiting”

No one enjoys the feeling of nausea. Women who go through pregnancy and have to suffer through morning sickness understand how that constant feeling of sickness can ruin your day – day after day. People who have experienced the utter sickness that comes with the flu also understand. But there are some chronic conditions that … Continue reading “Chronic Conditions that Cause Nausea”

A need for infusion therapy means medication cannot be taken orally. Drugs are given intravenously through a needle or catheter. There are a variety of reasons for infusion therapy. Cancer and cancer-related pain, dehydration, some stomach diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and congestive heart failure are just a few of the many instances infusion therapy may be … Continue reading “3 Reasons You Might Need Medication Through an Infusion Service”

A feeding tube is self-explanatory. Placement of one is called Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) procedure and consists of a tube being placed through a small cut in the abdomen to get food and drink directly to your stomach. There are a variety of reasons why someone may need to have a feeding tube placed. If … Continue reading “Common Feeding Tube Complications”

A gastroenterologist is a specialist who diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver. You may be referred to a gastroenterologist for a routine colonoscopy or if you are experiencing problems with your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, or liver. One of the tests your gastroenterologist may … Continue reading “Why a Gastroenterologist Might Use an Ultrasound”

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the muscles spanning the area between the stomach and esophagus. In this malady, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus causing heartburn and other related conditions and resulting in a decline in overall health and comfort. The pH monitoring (measurement of alkalinity or acidity) of … Continue reading “Wireless pH Monitoring vs the Catheter System”

If you suffer from Barrett’s esophagus, a complication often associated with long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you know it comes with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Halo ablation is one of the preferred treatments for Barrett’s esophagus, but is it safe? Find out whether you should be concerned about the risk of complication from … Continue reading “Halo Ablation Complications”

While it’s called the “small” bowel, the small intestine is actually the longest part of the gastrointestinal tract. Until the advent of capsule endoscopy, it was difficult to pinpoint the cause of suspected internal bleeding without invasive procedures. Finding the source of internal bleeding throughout the GI tract is important, as ulcers, Crohn’s disease, polyps … Continue reading “Detecting Small Bowel Bleeding with Capsule Endoscopy”

A colonoscopy has long been used to help detect colon cancer. Studies are consistently being performed to help increase the efficacy of colonoscopies, so colon cancer can be detected earlier. If more, and smaller, colon polyps can be detected and removed using these methods, the number of cases of cancer can be reduced. In the … Continue reading “New Studies May Help Detect Colon Cancer Earlier”

Acid reflux can be caused by many things. Being overweight or pregnant can cause pressure in the belly that leads to frequent heartburn. GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, can be a pain, literally. Plus, there are those of us who have occasional acid reflux with no apparent cause. However, once you know what you can … Continue reading “The Do’s and Don’ts of Acid Reflux”

Due to recent increases in colorectal cancer diagnoses, the ACS has recommended that colorectal cancer screening is now done much earlier. It isn’t just the American Cancer Society, or ACS, that is recommending early colorectal cancer screening. They are joined in this decision by the US Preventive Task Force. As colorectal cancer is the 2nd … Continue reading “ACS Recommends Early Colorectal Cancer Screening”

More and more ways of preventing, or controlling, cancer are being found every day. Recently, a link between Vitamin D levels and those with colorectal cancer has been found. While more investigating through clinical trials is currently underway, Vitamin D levels do have an impact on the mortality rates and survival rates of those with … Continue reading “Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer”

Stomach ulcers can be a pain, literally. There are several ways to treat them and your doctor can help you create a treatment plan that won’t just treat symptoms but also allow the stomach ulcers to heal. If you have sharp pains in your stomach, acid reflux or other symptoms, you may want to make … Continue reading “Top Medications for Stomach Ulcers”

More people are becoming interested in the connection between the foods we eat and health. Studies are showing that certain foods can help us look and feel younger and can help prevent some diseases, including certain cancers. While more research needs to be performed on this important connection, there is evidence that points to some … Continue reading “Eat These Foods to Help Prevent Colon Cancer”

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