Gastrointestinal Disorders

Internal Medicine Primary Care, P. A.

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Flowood, MS

Digestive issues like bloating, cramping, and acid reflux can be uncomfortable symptoms of different gastrointestinal diseases. To figure out what’s causing your symptoms and to find relief, see Imad Tahboub, MD, at Internal Medicine Primary Care, PA, in Flowood, Mississippi. Dr. Tahboub has provided expert care of digestive issues for more than 30 years and is ready to help with your gastrointestinal problems. To set up a visit, use the online booking tool or call today.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Q & A

What are the symptoms of a gastrointestinal disorder?

Numerous types of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can affect your digestion and bowel habits. Some of the most common symptoms of GI disorders include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping or bloating
  • Burning pain in your throat after eating
  • Belching
  • Undigested food or blood in your stools
  • Straining during a bowel movement

These symptoms can indicate mild disruptions to your normal digestion – like when you eat something and don’t tolerate it well – or more serious conditions of the GI tract, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and intestines.

To find out the cause of your GI symptoms, see Dr. Tahboub for an exam and consultation.

What causes gastrointestinal disorders?

Gastrointestinal disorders are caused by problems with the structure or function of your digestive system. The problems can cause conditions like:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulosis
  • Colon polyps

The severity of your symptoms can vary depending on what you’re eating, how much fiber or water you’re getting in your diet, and your stress levels. Dr. Tahboub offers many lifestyle recommendations to combat GI symptoms, along with medical treatments when necessary, to improve your digestion and help you feel more comfortable.

How are gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed?

In many cases of mild to moderate GI problems, Dr. Tahboub can diagnose your condition based on a consultation and physical exam. He’ll ask about your symptoms, when and how often they occur, and if you have any known triggers like specific foods or stress.

If your diagnosis is unclear, Dr. Tahboub can recommend a medication trial for about two weeks to see if particular medications like antacids relieve your symptoms. Additional tests like endoscopies and colonoscopies can be performed if your symptoms are more serious, chronic, or you’re experiencing signs of internal bleeding.

How are gastrointestinal disorders treated?

Each type of GI disorder has specific lifestyle and medication recommendations to address the root cause of the issue, whether it’s a functional or structural problem with your GI system.

Some lifestyle changes you can make to improve your symptoms include:

  • Quitting smoking and/or drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding overeating or eating foods that worsen your symptoms
  • Avoiding eating 2-3 hours before going to bed
  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese

Dr. Tahboub might also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce your symptoms.

Find out what’s causing your digestive issues by scheduling a visit now at Internal Medicine Primary Care by phone or by using the online tool.

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