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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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