Conditions

This list of conditions is representative of illnesses and conditions that affect the GI tract. The information is for educational purposes and not intended to help you self-diagnose! Many conditions and illnesses involving the digestive tract share symptoms and should be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist. 

In general, it is important to know what is "normal" for you, then if you have a change in your normal you can track that change and seek help if needed. The key is if a change is occasional or has become chronic. For example, everyone has occasional diarrhea but, if your diarrhea persists or begins to interfere with your daily life, it is time to get help. Never ignore blood in your stool. Blood may appear as bright red or dark, almost black, depending on the location of the source. Blood could be a sign of a hemorrhoid, fissure, or more serious diseases such as IBD or cancer.  If you are experiencing symptoms which concern you, please contact our offices for an appointment.

Don't let embarrassment determine if you if you will reach out for help. Many people do not seek help because of the subject matter. Our staff will make you feel comfortable and work hard to help you get well. Don't decide to "live with it" out of fear or embarrassment. 



Constipation

Occasional constipation happens to most people, but chronic constipation can be a serious problem. Constipation is difficulty in passing stool,...

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease, together with Ulcerative Colitis, are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both are thought to be autoimmune diseases, meaning...

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Diarrhea

Occasional diarrhea happens to everyone and is one of the most common medical complaints. Diarrhea in children and adults are quite different, so if...

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Diverticular Disease

In discussing diverticular disease it is important to familiarize yourself with some common terms.  Diverticula are small, balloon-like...

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Dyspepsia (Indigestion)

Dyspepsia is the medical term for indigestion. Indigestion includes an uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating, gas, bloating, and a burning...

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Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)

When functioning normally, your esophagus moves foods and liquids downward from your mouth to your stomach. Dysphagia is a medical term that...

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic allergic or immune condition affecting the esophagus. Once considered a rare disease, it has become...

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Fatty Liver (NAFLD or NASH)

Damage to the liver caused by the buildup of fat and is similar to the damage seen in chronic alcohol abusers. When this damage is found in people...

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Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control the bowels. This may range from a small leak when passing gas, to a complete loss of bowel control....

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Gastritis

Inflammation, erosion, or damage of the stomach lining is known as gastritis. The lining of the stomach contains cells that produce the acid and...

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Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, also known as delayed emptying of the stomach, is a chronic condition that can be treated, but not cured. While doctors cannot...

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

When you experience the painful, burning symptoms of heartburn more than twice per week you may have GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease....

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