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5 Signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Feb 22nd, 2021

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions cause redness, swelling, and pain in your intestines. If you have IBD, you need expert care from a board-certified gastroenterologist like Bharat Pothuri, MD, of GastroDoxs. The following signs are a good indication you may be...

Dysphagia: Four Helpful Treatments Jan 4th, 2021

Swallowing is an action you do so regularly, you don’t even notice. But, if you have trouble with swallowing, a condition known as dysphagia, it can cause medical and psychological issues. Dysphagia can make you drool, choke or gag, or feel like food is stuck in your throat or chest....

5 Habits That Make Acid Reflux Worse Dec 14th, 2020

Acid reflux, commonly known as heartburn, causes a burning in your chest that often increases in intensity at night. You might also experience periodic symptoms like difficulty swallowing, a sensation of a lump in your throat, and regurgitation of food. These symptoms are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and sometimes life-disrupting. Most people...

When Is Rectal Bleeding a Cause for Alarm? Nov 30th, 2020

When you notice blood in your stool, it can understandably raise your alarm bells. You can suspect the blood is coming from your rectum when you notice bright red or maroon blood in your stool, on a piece of toilet paper after you wipe, or a trickle in the toilet...

Understanding Gastrointestinal Intolerance Sep 30th, 2020

Food intolerances are hard to track, but it’s estimated that 2-20% of people suffer from them. Unlike an allergy, which involves a reaction from your immune system, intolerances involve the gastrointestinal tract. In the 30 minutes to 48 hours after eating a food that you’re truly intolerant to, you experience...

What Your Diarrhea May Be Signaling Sep 20th, 2020

The loose watery stools that define diarrhea can be concerning and uncomfortable. Usually, however, your case is acute and due to a minor, passing infection or something you ate or drank. If you have diarrhea that lasts for longer than a few days or as long as four weeks or...

The Role of Stress in Acid Reflux Aug 20th, 2020

You do everything right to suppress your acid reflux. You avoid spicy foods and alcohol. You leave plenty of time between dinner and bedtime. You eat small meals, and you even quit smoking. Good for you – you’re doing a great job of managing your condition. Flare-ups can still occur,...

How an Upper Endoscopy Can Identify Your Digestive Discomfort Jul 27th, 2020

When you have uncomfortable and concerning digestive problems, getting a picture of what’s actually going on inside your body is the key to diagnosis. An upper endoscopy at GastroDoxs allows Bharat Pothuri, MD, to get such an image.  During the procedure, a thin tube with a light and camera attached...

Here's How to Boost Your Digestive Health at Home Jun 17th, 2020

Millions of Americans complain of digestive problems. Some are diagnosable conditions that require medical intervention from an expert such as board-certified gastroenterologist Bharat Pothuri, MD at GastroDoxs here in Houston, Texas. But many digestive complaints aren’t associated with a specified medical condition. Rather, they’re the result of lifestyle habits. At...

The Link Between Diabetes and Colon Cancer May 21st, 2020

Not counting skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Americans. Colon cancer affects your large intestine, the last stage of the digestive tract. Colorectal cancer starts as small polyps that form inside your colon and can...

5 Common Foods that Can Cause Constipation Apr 24th, 2020

Constipation affects up to 1 in 3 American adults. Older adults and women are at greatest risk. Constipation is usually characterized as: Having fewer than three bowel movements per week Having stools that are hard or dry A feeling that stool hasn’t passed completely Having stools that are hard or...

Blood in Your Stool? Here's What It Could Mean Mar 9th, 2020

When you find blood in your stool, it’s a cause for concern – but not panic. While the presence of blackness in your stool, a streak of red upon wiping after a bowel movement, or blood detected in a test ordered at our office can signal something serious is going...

What's a Hiatal Hernia? Feb 1st, 2020

Most common in people older than 50, a hiatal hernia affects up to 60% of people older than 60. It’s a condition that occurs when the upper part of your stomach pushes through the hiatus and into your chest. The hiatus is a small opening in the diaphragm muscle through which...

Trouble Swallowing? It Could Be Dysphagia Jan 3rd, 2020

People usually take swallowing for granted, until it becomes difficult and even painful. This could indicate a condition known as dysphagia. When you have dysphagia, you can’t swallow liquids, foods, or even your own saliva safely. Sometimes people lose the ability to swallow altogether due to complex problems with neural...

Common GERD Triggers to Avoid Dec 1st, 2019

Most people experience an occasional bout of acid reflux, commonly called heartburn. But chronic reflux is a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and it’s anything but occasional. GERD causes a frequent backflow of stomach acid into your esophagus. You may experience chest pain, heartburn, and the unpleasant regurgitation of...

Myths and Facts About IBS Nov 1st, 2019

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you probably live with abdominal pain, gas and bloating, chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or an uncomfortable mixture of these. IBS can affect anyone, even children, but is more common in women. IBS can impact your life quite severely, interfering with your social...

What Causes Rectal Bleeding? Oct 2nd, 2019

In most cases, rectal bleeding is not a sign of something serious -- but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the symptoms. While the most common cause of rectal bleeding is hemorrhoids, in some cases rectal bleeding is the indication of a serious disease such as colon cancer. At GastroDoxs,...

How Your Weight Affects Your Acid Reflux Sep 5th, 2019

At least 15 million people in the United States experience daily heartburn, and many of these people have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This chronic condition can lead to esophageal damage, not to mention the discomfort and unpleasantness of burning sensations around your chest and upper belly. Anyone can get the...

When Should I See a Doctor About Constipation? Aug 2nd, 2019

Constipation can happen due to dietary changes, medications, or age, but usually these bouts are temporary and you resume a normal bathroom routine within a few days or weeks. However, some cases of constipation persist for a month or longer and interfere with your comfort and quality of life. Constipation...

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Stool Jul 1st, 2019

Blood in your stool, in the toilet, or on the toilet paper can be concerning. In most cases, the blood is a result of a non life-threatening problem, such as anal fissures or hemorrhoids. You can’t be sure, however, of the cause of your rectal bleeding without an exam by...

How a Gastroenterologist Can Help on Your Personal Journey with IBD Jun 1st, 2019

The severe symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause extreme distress. If you suffer with IBD, you know the drill -- chronic diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, bloody stools, and fatigue. Not only do these issues make every meal tough to navigate, they can interfere with your ability to...

What to Expect During and After Your First Colonoscopy May 1st, 2019

You’ve been scheduled for a colonoscopy as a routine screening for colon or rectal cancer. Or maybe it’s necessary to investigate symptoms, such as bleeding from your anus, pain in your abdomen, unexplained weight loss, or changes in your bowel movements. You know to follow the preparatory instructions so you...

Lifestyle Modifications that Can Relieve Discomfort Caused by GERD Apr 1st, 2019

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GE) is a result of a faulty lower esophageal sphincter. When this ring doesn’t close properly, the contents of your stomach leak back into your esophagus and affect the back of your throat to cause a burning in the chest. If you experience this heartburn sensation more...

3 Helpful Tips for Finding Relief from IBS Mar 6th, 2019

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that has no cure. This doesn’t mean unpleasant symptoms can’t be managed, however. You can greatly reduce problems such as abdominal pain and cramping, excess gas, diarrhea, constipation, and mucus in the stool with certain lifestyle habits. While you may experience ebbs and...

Symptoms that Could Signal You’re Suffering from Dysphagia Feb 4th, 2019

Sometimes you have difficulty swallowing – but it passes and is really no need for concern. But some people suffer from a condition known as dysphagia -- a chronic difficulty swallowing -- and they don’t even know it. If chronic difficulty swallowing goes untreated, you’re at a higher risk for...

Understanding the Importance of Colonoscopies Jan 7th, 2019

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, but it’s also one that’s easy to beat – if you catch it early. Colonoscopies are indispensable in this fight against colon cancer. They screen you for this potentially fatal disease so polyps can be detected and removed before...

Learn More About the Foods that May Be Triggering Your IBS Dec 6th, 2018

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes unpleasant symptoms that seriously interfere with your quality of life. The constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and belly pain associated with this condition that affects your large intestine is often triggered by certain foods. Know your triggers so you can avoid them and make choices that won’t...

When Should I Schedule My First Colonoscopy? Nov 20th, 2018

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the trials and tribulations of getting a colonoscopy, most of which are associated with the preparatory process that involves taking laxatives to clear out your system. You may be happy to hear that you can delay the procedure until you’re age 50. This recommendation stands for...

Pictures From the Other Side: How Endoscopy (EGD) Works and When It’s Used Oct 31st, 2018

Determining what is causing you to experience certain problems such as upper abdominal pain, nausea or difficulty swallowing cannot be done in a single office visit. Additional testing is often required to obtain valuable information and imaging that can help Dr. Pothuri get you a proper diagnosis. The most common...

Does Diarrhea Require a Medical Evaluation? Sep 12th, 2018

If you seem attached to your toilet thanks to diarrhea, you may start to wonder if your bout of watery stools needs medical attention. Sure, everyone gets diarrhea occasionally, but when is it a sign that you should stop in to see a gastroenterologist? Look out for these signs so...

Understanding the Difference Between Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Aug 7th, 2018

If you’re living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you’re not alone. Roughly three million adults have either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and deal with uncomfortable, frustrating symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, fatigue, and weight loss. While both types of IBD cause gastrointestinal inflammation, there are distinct differences between...

Tips for Traveling With IBS Aug 1st, 2018

If you’re one of the nearly 60 million Americans living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you’re likely all too familiar with the anxiety that sets in at the thought of traveling. It’s bad enough to contend with uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea in a familiar setting, let...

The Difference Between a Bellyache and Abdominal Pain Jun 13th, 2018

“My tummy hurts” is probably one of the most frequent complaints parents will hear once their kiddos figure out how to string a few words together. And those bellyaches tend to follow us throughout all the stages and phases of life.Most bellyaches are temporary and may be due to overindulgence...

7 Reasons Why A Colonoscopy Isn’t As Bad As You Think May 15th, 2018

For men and women, turning 50 usually brings a mixed bag of emotions. While you look out toward the latter part of your life, you want to make sure you can enjoy every minute of it. And that’s where important cancer screenings like a colonoscopy come in.At GastroDox, our team...

Seven Signs You May Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome Apr 25th, 2018

An estimated 48 million Americans live with the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a long-term digestive disorder that’s often unpredictable. Symptoms vary from person to person, often change over time, and range from very mild to severe enough to interfere with your daily life. Figuring out if you...

Five Steps That Can Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer Mar 5th, 2018

Each year more than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer. Factors like obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise put you at risk, which means you can make positive changes to protect yourself. Early detection is an ace to have in your pocket. Roughly 90% of patients survive colon...

What Does Rectal Bleeding Indicate? Feb 16th, 2018

Understandably, noticing a bloody smear on your toilet paper or red-tinged water in the bowl after a bowel movement can trigger alarm bells. More often than not, however, the bleeding is due to conditions that resolve with relatively simple treatment measures. This might include a change in diet or medication...

8 Ways to Remedy Acid Reflux Without Medication Jan 23rd, 2018

For those who suffer, acid reflux is no picnic. If you’re prone to the condition, you know how its effects can spoil your impressions of a great meal. If acid reflux is chronic – called gastroesophageal reflux disorder, or GERD – you may deal with the burning pain several times...