Why is Gastrointestinal health important?
Your "gut" is not just your stomach. It is also made up of your intestinal tract and a complex mix of organs, microbes, hormones, and enzymes. The way this complex mix interacts will dictate how well you absorb the nutrients from food you consume.
What happens in your gut will impact your daily lifestyle. One of the best things you can do to improve your digestive health is to visit a gastroenterologist on a regular basis.
Often it is difficult for you to detect when something is wrong on your own. A gastroenterologist can assess if you have unusual symptoms and recommend lifestyle changes as well as medications that can improve your health.
GI SYmptoms that tell you to book an appointment
A LUMP IN YOUR THROAT
A lump in your throat that is not accompanied with flu or cold symptoms could be a sign of digestive issues. If there is pain or you have problems swallowing liquids, schedule an appointment with our gastroenterologist. It could be a sign of something serious- including esophageal cancer.
BLOOD IN YOUR STOOL
Bright red blood can be a scary sight to see on toilet paper after using the bathroom, but it is not a big a worry as black stools. Fresh red blood might be from hemorrhoids. Post-menopausal women can also experience bleeding from thinning tissue. When the blood takes on a black appearance, it is more likely a signal that something is going on deeper in your digestive system.
If you are 40 years +, have recurring symptoms of rectal bleeding, or experience other associated symptoms-you need to be evaluated.
Hemorrhoids are not life threatening, but they can make life miserable for some people. While most hemorrhoids occur on the outside of the anus and are fairly easy to treat, internal hemorrhoids can be more challenging. GI specialists can treat internal hemorrhoids during colonoscopy procedures.
UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS
Many of us dream of losing weight without effort. Unfortunately, when unexplained weight loss occurs, it is often a sign of health problems. There are other conditions that could cause you to start dropping weight, but conditions like Crohn's Disease and Celiac Disease make a trip to our GI clinic a good place to start. We can also rule out more serious conditions like pancreatic, stomach, or colon cancer.
Everyone experiences gas, but when it occurs with other side effects, it could be a health concern. There may be reasons for concern if the gas is especially foul-smelling or you have abdominal discomfort, unexplained weight loss, or have a change in bowel habits.
YOUR CLOTHES ARE TOO TIGHT
Most of us can tell if we have gained a few pounds. Your clothes may not feel as loose and comfortable as usual. When a change in fit happens suddenly, it is probably bloating instead of weight gain. By itself, bloating might not be a problem. When you have other symptoms like abdominal pain or bloody stool, then you need to see your gastroenterologist. Food allergies, reflux, and gallstones are just some of the possible causes. It is best to have your symptoms checked out by a gastroenterologist to rule out serious conditions and get treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, leads to heartburn and sometimes makes it uncomfortable to enjoy your favorite foods. When heartburn lasts more than a few weeks, you need to see a GI doctor. Often, the doctor will use endoscopy to examine the upper digestive tract and find the source of your discomfort. Another reason to see a GI specialist is for regular screenings of your gastrointestinal tract.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DIGESTIVE ISSUES, BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR GASTROENTEROLOGY TEAM TODAY: