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When Abdominal Pain Is Cause for Concern

Everyone experiences abdominal pain at times, but how do you know when it’s more than a passing virus or just a bad case of constipation? The following signs indicate that you should pay attention to your abdominal pain and seek medical care.
Dec 1st, 2022

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Constipation

Constipation isn’t something you should just tolerate. Chronic constipation causes discomfort and can be a sign of a medical condition. Here’s why you should get checked out if you’re struggling with constipation.
Nov 1st, 2022

Here's When to Seek Help for Diarrhea

Diarrhea can feel miserable or be concerning, but short-term episodes happen to just about everyone from time to time and don’t usually require a visit to the doctor. But, there are times when diarrhea does signal a need for medical help.
Oct 6th, 2022

What's Causing Your Rectal Bleeding?

You’re understandably concerned when you notice blood on the toilet paper after you wipe or in the bowl following a bowel movement. Did you know that the qualities of the blood give you a clue as to what’s causing your rectal bleeding?
Sep 1st, 2022

Foods to Avoid If You Have Chronic Acid Reflux

Chronic acid reflux, or GERD, causes uncomfortable burning and soreness in your chest and throat after just about every meal. Certain foods aggravate your symptoms and escalate acid reflux episodes. Here are foods to avoid when you have GERD.
Aug 2nd, 2022

Reasons You May Need a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy can save your life by catching cancer or precancerous lesions in your colon. A colonoscopy gives other important information to your gastroenterologist, too. Here’s when you know it’s time to get one.
Jun 1st, 2022

The Link Between Obesity and Acid Reflux

Obesity raises your risk of developing chronic acid reflux. The persistent heartburn affects your everyday life and can make you regret eating foods you love. Here’s why obesity is linked to acid reflux and how losing a few pounds can help.
May 1st, 2022

What Does an Endoscopy Entail?

If you’re scheduled for an endoscopy to investigate unexplained stomach pain or digestive tract bleeding, you want to know what to expect. This outpatient procedure can investigate your upper or lower intestines.
Mar 1st, 2022

Five Common Causes of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux describes that uncomfortable experience when stomach acid backs up and regurgitates into your esophagus. Understand what may be causing your acid reflux so you can avoid experiencing it.
Feb 1st, 2022

How Serious Is Rectal Bleeding?

When you see blood on the toilet paper when you wipe or evidence of it in your stool, you’re understandably concerned. Rectal bleeding can indicate a serious condition. Here’s when you should contact your doctor about it.
Dec 7th, 2021

The Importance of Getting a Colonoscopy

Major health organizations recommend people at an average risk of colorectal cancer start their screening colonoscopies at age 45. You feel fine, however, and see the test as an inconvenience. Here’s why you should make your colonoscopy a priority.
Nov 4th, 2021

What Is Constipation, and What Can You Do About It?

Occasional bouts of constipation are normal. But chronic constipation that lasts weeks or longer is uncomfortable and life-disrupting. Constipation can also be the sign of a serious condition. Here’s what to do if you’re bothered by constipation.
Oct 5th, 2021

Who's at Risk for Colon Cancer?

More than 100,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. Will you be among them? Find out your risk and how to get screened. Early diagnosis makes treatment easier and reduces complications.
Sep 1st, 2021

Potential Complications of IBD

Irritable bowel disease (IBD) doesn’t just cause flare-ups of uncomfortable inflammation. IBD can cause complications that affect your long-term health. Learn more about the impact IBD can have on you, especially if it’s unmanaged.
Aug 9th, 2021

Exercises That Can Help Your Dysphagia

Difficulty swallowing can make it hard for you to get the nourishment you need and can lead to serious medical problems. Certain exercises can help train your swallowing mechanisms to work more efficiently. Here are some to try.
Jul 26th, 2021

How Can a Colonoscopy Improve My Health?

A colonoscopy is an important health screening tool that can help identify if you’re at risk of colon cancer. Learn more about this test and find out when you should schedule yours.
Jun 9th, 2021

Rectal Bleeding: What's Behind Your Symptoms?

If you notice blood in your stool or on the toilet paper after you wipe, it’s understandably concerning. Rectal bleeding can be a sign of several different conditions, some of which are serious. Here’s how to interpret your rectal bleeding.
May 10th, 2021

4 Digestive Causes of Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain results from a variety of causes, including issues like endometriosis that don’t really involve your digestive system. But, if you’re experiencing cramps, bloating, and other discomfort, they may have digestive causes.
Apr 11th, 2021

How Does GERD Affect Sleep?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can ruin a perfectly good night’s sleep. Here’s what you can do to find relief from the chronic acid reflux so you get better rest and improved quality of life.
Mar 11th, 2021

5 Signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a collection of digestive diseases that cause painful irritation. IBD is a serious diagnosis and you need treatment. Here are six signs that you may suffer from IBD and should schedule a consultation.
Feb 22nd, 2021

Dysphagia: Four Helpful Treatments

Dysphagia, which is problems with swallowing, is a surprisingly complex condition that can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and social isolation. Here are some ways to overcome or at least manage the condition so you can eat and drink with ease.
Jan 4th, 2021

5 Habits That Make Acid Reflux Worse

The pain and burning of acid reflux can be managed effectively with simple changes to your lifestyle. If you’re suffering from heartburn, modify these five habits right away to find relief.
Dec 14th, 2020

When Is Rectal Bleeding a Cause for Alarm?

Finding blood after you wipe or in your stool can be concerning, but isn’t always a cause for alarm. Learn when you should seek a medical evaluation when you experience rectal bleeding.
Nov 30th, 2020

Understanding Gastrointestinal Intolerance

Food intolerances may have some of the same symptoms as allergies, such as an upset stomach and diarrhea, but they’re very different conditions. Read on to better understand gastrointestinal intolerances and how to manage if you’ve been diagnosed with one.
Sep 30th, 2020

What Your Diarrhea May Be Signaling

A bout of diarrhea is inconvenient, unpleasant … even miserable … but it usually resolves within a few days. If you have diarrhea that lasts longer, it could indicate a medical problem. Learn when you should seek medical care for diarrhea.
Sep 20th, 2020

The Role of Stress in Acid Reflux

Stress is probably not the underlying cause of your acid reflux, but it sure can aggravate your heartburn. Take a moment to learn how calming down can ease your digestion.
Aug 20th, 2020

How an Upper Endoscopy Can Identify Your Digestive Discomfort

If you’re suffering from digestive distress that includes heartburn, nausea, or swallowing problems, an upper endoscopy may be ordered to help with diagnosis. The procedure gives us a direct view of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Jul 27th, 2020

The Link Between Diabetes and Colon Cancer

People with Type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk of developing colon cancer, and when diagnosed, they have a lower chance of survival. Learn more about the connection between these conditions and how early diagnosis can save your life.
May 21st, 2020

5 Common Foods that Can Cause Constipation

You may have constipation on occasion, but when it’s chronic – you suffer. Your diet can contribute to regular bouts of constipation. Learn which foods to avoid and what to eat instead to normalize your bowels.
Apr 24th, 2020

Blood in Your Stool? Here's What It Could Mean

It’s terrifying to find blood in your stool, but it’s not always a cause for concern. Many benign conditions can cause red streaks to show up on toilet paper or turn your stool tarry colored. Here’s what blood in your stool could mean.
Mar 9th, 2020

What's a Hiatal Hernia?

When the upper part of your stomach bulges through the muscle that separates your abdomen and chest, you have a hiatal hernia. Small versions don’t cause symptoms, but larger hernias can interfere with eating and comfortable digestion.
Feb 1st, 2020

Trouble Swallowing? It Could Be Dysphagia

If you’re challenged to swallow liquids, foods, or even your own saliva, it could be a very real medical condition known as dysphagia. Here’s information about this serious condition and how to avoid its potentially dangerous complications.
Jan 3rd, 2020

Common GERD Triggers to Avoid

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, called GERD for short, is chronic acid reflux that can seriously affect your quality of life. Knowing your triggers, which include foods, medications, and lifestyle habits, can help keep your symptoms to a minimum.
Dec 1st, 2019

Myths and Facts About IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 25-45 million Americans. The pain, digestive distress, and altered bowel habits of this disorder are often misunderstood.
Nov 1st, 2019

What Causes Rectal Bleeding?

Rectal bleeding can be scary, but a bit of pink or bright red on your toilet tissue is most often a sign of a minor condition such as hemorrhoids. But if you have blood in your stool, there may be another cause.
Oct 2nd, 2019

How Your Weight Affects Your Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux, you know how uncomfortable the burning from regurgitated stomach acid can be. Being overweight exacerbates the condition. Read on to learn why.
Sep 5th, 2019

When Should I See a Doctor About Constipation?

An occasional bout of constipation is normal. But if it becomes chronic, interfering with your daily quality of life, you deserve relief from the cramping and discomfort. Sometimes you should seek medical support for constipation.
Aug 2nd, 2019

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Stool

Rectal bleeding may be no cause for concern, such as in the case of hemorrhoids. But it can be a sign of a major health issue. To be prudent, get checked to be sure the blood in your stool isn’t a sign of a major problem.
Jul 1st, 2019

3 Helpful Tips for Finding Relief from IBS

There’s no official cure for the cramping, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating of IBS. You need to learn to manage symptoms over the long term. Here are three helpful ways to do that.
Mar 6th, 2019

Understanding the Importance of Colonoscopies

Colon cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer -- when it’s caught early. A colonoscopy is an essential screening test that can make a difference in detecting colon cancer when it’s most treatable.
Jan 7th, 2019

Does Diarrhea Require a Medical Evaluation?

In the majority of cases, diarrhea is brief and resolves on its own. In some instances though, it can be a warning sign that something else is going on. Know when diarrhea warrants a trip to our office to get checked out.
Sep 12th, 2018

Tips for Traveling With IBS

Don’t let IBS ruin your travel plans. With some mindful planning, you can control your symptoms while you’re on the go and look forward to enjoyable travel.
Aug 1st, 2018

The Difference Between a Bellyache and Abdominal Pain

There are some telltale signs that can help determine whether your bellyache is due to that extra slice of apple pie or something more serious that requires an immediate medical evaluation. Read on to learn how to spot the difference.
Jun 13th, 2018

Seven Signs You May Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Everyone gets digestive issues like gas and bloating at one time or another. However, if you experience gastrointestinal problems frequently, it may be a sign that you have irritable bowel syndrome.
Apr 25th, 2018

What Does Rectal Bleeding Indicate?

Rectal bleeding is often caused by easily-treated conditions such as hemorrhoids, but it can also indicate a more serious medical concern. It’s important to see a specialist who can confirm the source of the bleeding and provide treatment.
Feb 16th, 2018

8 Ways to Remedy Acid Reflux Without Medication

There’s no need to live with the pain and burning of acid reflux. As Dr. Pothuri explains, there are many things you can do to reduce the occurrence of reflux, without the need to resort to medication. Give these front line home treatments a try.
Jan 23rd, 2018