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Health Articles Category: Gastrointestinal Disorders

Know Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which a person feels overwhelmingly exhausted, even after resting. While the syndrome has remained a mystery for a long time, researchers last year found evidence it is linked to problems in the stomach. Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP In this study,... Read more

Medication can Cause Side Effects

Some pain medications such as opiates can cause side effects such as severe constipation. When it persists, constipation can lead to rectal prolapse, tears in the rectum and fecal impaction, which means the rectum becomes blocked from passing stool. “The best way to avoid constipation while taking... Read more

Treat Diverticulitis With Fiber

Diverticula are pouches that form in the wall of the colon. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, they can cause a painful condition called diverticulitis. “We do not know exactly why diverticula form,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner.... Read more

GI Disorders Affect Many

Gastrointestinal disorders affect millions of Americans. Among the most common are gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease. GERD: This condition causes damage to the lining of the esophagus and is often characterized by heartburn that occurs more than once a week. IBS: Affecting... Read more

Choices for IBS Patients 

About 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes abdominal pain and problems like diarrhea or constipation. There are five main treatment options for IBS-C (IBS with constipation): Diet: The Food and Drug Administration recommends women consume 25 grams of... Read more

Bravo pH Monitoring System Diagnoses GERD

If your doctor suspects you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), he or she may suggest using the Bravo pH monitoring system to make an accurate diagnosis. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Gastroenterology Lab, a doctor sprays your throat with numbing medicine, and inserts a catheter with a... Read more

Learn About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

If you regularly experience acid reflux more than once a week, talk with your doctor – you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, or food pipe, and causes damage if not... Read more

Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Fifty percent of people will experience hemorrhoids – swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum. While remedies such as Preparation H®, prescription medications and suppositories can provide relief, recurrent internal hemorrhoids may require further treatment. Thermal ligation is an outpatient procedure that cuts off... Read more

Avoid Stomach Bloating

If you often experience bloating in your abdominal area, it is probably the result of intestinal gas that has built up in your digestive tract. Fortunately, there are many ways you can avoid bloating: Avoid carbonated beverages – Drinks such as soda can create gas inside your... Read more

Signs of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated before they reach the small intestine. This causes the enzymes to attack the pancreas, resulting in severe inflammation. “One of the major symptoms of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that radiates into your back,” says Wilson... Read more

Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver. “There is no... Read more

Combat Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Acid reflux occurs when acid splashes back out of the stomach into the esophagus during digestion. It can cause a burning chest pain called heartburn, which creates discomfort for hours after eating. You can take simple steps to prevent or lessen the effects of acid reflux, beginning... Read more

6 Tips to Fight the Flu

Do you want to keep the flu out of your house this winter? Try these six tips to fight the flu: Get a flu shot. “Everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more

Minimally Invasive Lesion Removal 

When a person has an unusually large or cancerous lesion in his colon or another part of his gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) can be an effective, minimally invasive method to remove that lesion. “While a colonoscopy or polypectomy can be used to remove small polyps,... Read more

Acid Reflux Disease

When the valve at the entrance to your stomach does not fully close after food passes through it, acid from your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux and can cause a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn. “Many people experience... Read more

Healthy Diets for Crohn’s Disease

When you have Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD), the lining of your digestive tract can become inflamed, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain. While there is no scientifically proven diet for those who suffer from IBD, there are ways to reduce your symptoms. “The... Read more

New Tool Increases Safety During GI Procedures

In medicine, precision and accuracy are the keys to a successful outcome. Gastroenterologists at Saint Francis Medical Center are using a new tool called the ENDO CUT® I that increases safety and decreases recovery time by making a precise, individualized cut. Doctors use the tool during endoscopic... Read more

Depression and IBS

Although depression does not cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and IBS does not cause depression, the two are closely related. Studies have shown that more than half of the people with IBS also suffer from depression. “People with IBS may be so anxious about experiencing a... Read more

Control Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications. Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods and... Read more

FODMAP Diet

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and frequently experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea, you may benefit from trying a special eating plan called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides and Polyols – all types of carbohydrates... Read more


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