Health Page Archive: 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. In this study, a vast majority of the ...
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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 ...
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Noninvasive Test Checks for Colon Cancer

There are 30 percent fewer cases of colon cancer in the United States than there were 10 years ago. More adults are taking preventive measures against the potentially deadly disease. While a colonoscopy is still the gold standard for preventing and detecting colon cancer, a ...
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Colonoscopies Save Lives 

Colonoscopies may not be at the top of anybody’s fun things-to-do list, but they do save lives. As the most effective test for finding polyps, colonoscopies can find those polyps that lead to colorectal cancer. And, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, right ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Safety for Endoscopic Procedures

A certain amount of risk is involved in any surgical procedure. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, the staff who performs endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, takes special care to make the procedure as safe as possible for the patient. “During colonoscopies, we used ...
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