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Posts for: May, 2021

By Advanced Gastroenterology Group
May 25, 2021
Tags: heartburn  
HeartburnIt’s Taco Tuesday and everyone is happy; everyone but you. While you might love tacos you just know the burning pain you’re going to experience the minute you put that spicy food to your lips. You also know that your heartburn will probably keep you up at night. You’re also tired of having to take antacids all the time. If this sounds like you, it’s time to consult your gastroenterologist.
 
Do you deal with heartburn? You might if you experience,
  • A burning or gnawing in your chest and throat that occurs after eating (particularly greasy, acidic, or spicy foods)
  • Discomfort gets worse when lying down, especially after eating
  • An acidic taste in the back of your throat
Symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after eating or drinking. If you deal with heartburn regularly you may also notice a persistent sore throat or hoarseness. If you experience heartburn two or more times a week you should see a gastroenterologist.
 
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing heartburn. Some factors include,
 
  • Taking pain relievers regularly
  • Being pregnant
  • Eating larger meals or eating close to bedtime
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • High stress
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
 
I have heartburn. What do I do?
 
The occasional bout of heartburn due to Taco Tuesday or that second whiskey on the rocks can often be treated with over-the-counter antacids. Lifestyle changes such as avoiding spicy foods, eating smaller meals, and managing stress can also reduce your chances of heartburn.

If heartburn becomes a regular occurrence it’s important to see a gastroenterologist, as this could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can lead to more serious complications if left untreated. Instead of using antacids, which aren’t meant to be used regularly or for long periods of time, your doctor will prescribe an acid blocker or a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
 
If you’re dealing with heartburn regularly, antacids alone probably aren’t going to be much help. You should turn to a gastroenterologist to find a better, long-term solution. It’s also important to determine whether or not you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

By Advanced Gastroenterology Group
May 10, 2021
Category: GI Care
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is on the rise, particularly in young adults. While this is alarming, it is important to know that your gastroenterologist has an effective way to prevent and even detect colorectal cancer early on. A colonoscopy can be used as both a diagnostic tool and as a treatment for the removal of colon polyps and other issues. All people will eventually need a colonoscopy regardless of age or gender. Here are the reasons why your gastroenterologist may recommend getting a colonoscopy,

You’re Experiencing Digestive Issues

This is a common reason why a colonoscopy is performed. It’s not always possible to figure out the cause of rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or other intestinal issues unless a GI doctor takes a look inside. If your issues can’t be diagnosed with a simple physical examination, blood test, or stool sample, then a colonoscopy is probably the best way to find out what’s going on.

You Need to Be Screened for Colorectal Cancer

If you are 50 years old or older and are at average risk for colon cancer, then your gastroenterologist will often advise you to get a colonoscopy about every 10 years to screen for cancer. Those with an increased risk of developing colon cancer may need to get screened more regularly. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include,
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Personal history of colon polyps
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • An unhealthy diet that is high in fat and processed foods
  • Leading an inactive lifestyle
We Need to Check for and Remove Colon Polyps

It’s necessary to remove polyps right away to reduce your chances of developing colon cancer. Colon polyps can be easily removed during a routine colonoscopy, but since it can increase your risk for colorectal cancer your gastroenterologist may recommend having a colonoscopy more regularly.

If you just turned 50 years old and it’s time to schedule your routine colonoscopy, or if you’re dealing with digestive issues, a gastroenterologist is the ideal medical specialist to turn to. Don’t wait to get the preventive care you need to protect against colorectal cancer.