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When You Should See a Doctor About Constipation Sep 30th, 2019

You’re likely familiar with the symptoms of constipation. You feel blocked up, strain to pass stool, or have lumpy and hard stools — if you can even go at all. Constipation can cause cramping and bloating, too, which seriously interferes with your quality of life. Constipation can occur when you...

How Do I Know if I Have Hemorrhoids? Sep 4th, 2019

About one out of every 20 people suffer from hemorrhoids, and like a lot of other medical issues, they become more common as we get older. In fact, the National Institutes of Health says about half of all men and women over age 50 have hemorrhoids, making them a really...

Living with Crohn's Disease Aug 5th, 2019

Nearly 800,000 people have Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that actually can affect any part of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the tissues that line the digestive tract, most commonly affecting the small and large intestines, and it can affect both adults and children. If you...

Foods to Avoid If You Have IBS Jul 5th, 2019

Eating a varied diet is important for maintaining good health, but if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you have to be extra careful when making food selections. That’s because some foods — including some very healthy options — can wind up triggering your symptoms or making them worse. One...

Having Acid Reflux Multiple Times Per Week? You May Have GERD Jun 10th, 2019

Nearly everyone has acid reflux (or heartburn) once in a while, usually after eating a particularly spicy or fatty meal, or after eating too much. Being stressed out can also cause heartburn, and sometimes acid reflux occurs when we eat too close to bedtime or naptime. Generally, lying down can...

How an Advanced Endoscopy Procedure Can Identify Life-Threatening Issues May 9th, 2019

A variety of treatment options exist to help doctors pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. Many times, it is through investigative procedures, including the advanced endoscopy, that we can determine what health risks exist, if any. Whether done because you have symptoms or because you are high-risk, procedures like this...

Understanding the Differences Between Internal and External Hemorrhoids and Best Treatment Apr 1st, 2019

Hemorrhoids are a relatively common complaint among both men and women, affecting about one out of every 20 people, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you’re over 50, though, your risks increase considerably. The NIH says about half of all men and women over 50 years of age...

4 Symptoms That May Indicate You Are Suffering From Colitis Mar 1st, 2019

Colitis literally means inflammation of the colon, and it happens when the lining of your digestive tract has become damaged, causing it to become inflamed and sore. There are a few reasons this damage might occur, including infection, food poisoning, restricted blood flow to the colon, and as a side-effect...

Common Diet Recommendations For Those Living With Crohn’s Disease Feb 4th, 2019

People who suffer from Crohn’s disease can have a difficult time getting the proper nutrition. When you have Crohn’s, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you can’t always get all of the nutrients you need from your diet. Due mostly to the inability of your inflamed digestive tract to fully digest...

What to Expect During Your First Colonoscopy Jan 10th, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular colonoscopies starting when you turn 50, for most people, or younger if there’s any history of colon cancer. Although not exactly the best birthday present you could hope for, a colonoscopy is the surest way to know if you have any...

Holiday Travel Tips for Patients With IBS Dec 10th, 2018

Irritable bowel syndrome can quickly cause a fun holiday trip to take a turn for the worst. Stress, jet lag, and unfamiliar foods can cause a flare-up in people with IBS, which can lead to anxiety due to not knowing when a flare-up may occur. If you’re dealing with IBS,...

5 Thanksgiving Tips for Managing Your Acid Reflux Nov 15th, 2018

The holidays give you an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, a big Thanksgiving meal also presents a chance to overeat. One report published last year says Americans may be consuming more than 4,500 calories during their holiday dinner. Shortly after finishing your meal, you may feel...

When Diarrhea Requires a Medical Evaluation Oct 30th, 2018

Diarrhea is one of those ailments that you’re going to experience several times through your lifetime. In the majority of cases, it’s nothing to worry about and may be caused by a stomach upset, stress, or the side effect of medication. However, there are a few instances when you should...

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Stool Sep 27th, 2018

You probably don’t pay much attention when you visit the bathroom unless you spot bright red blood in your stool as you turn to flush. Although panic might be your first instinct, this symptom isn’t always indicative of anything sinister, like cancer.It is a sign though that something isn’t right...

Colonoscopy: Don’t Let Fear Prevent You From Getting This Life-Saving Screening Aug 22nd, 2018

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. As with most cancers, your chances of survival are higher when the cancer is found early. In fact, 90% of people live five or more years when colorectal cancer is detected early.Unfortunately, not enough people get tested...