Trust your gut. We’ve all heard this advice, but it turns out that “gut feeling” is even more important than you may have thought. While it’s no surprise that gut […]
Just about everyone has, at one time or another, used the expression, “I feel it in my gut.” Most of the time, all that means is that the speaker has […]
Several symptoms of liver disease should warn you that a visit to your doctor is probably a good idea. They include abdominal pain and swelling; itchy skin; dark urine color; […]
Bet you didn’t know that everyone has hemorrhoids. Maybe yours don’t flare up and cause you discomfort, itching or, even worse, bleeding, but they are there. The hemorrhoidal vessels, while typically a nuisance, are actually present to assist the way your bowels function. That’s why, as uncomfortable as it might be to think about, you […]
Cousin Freddy can discuss his sport-related ACL surgery at a family cookout, and Aunt Mary can regale one and all with her recent hip replacement. But let Uncle Joe bring up his colonoscopy and someone will quickly change the subject to, well, just about anything else. Why is this, when all the reliable statistics show […]
Whether you go too little or not enough, experience bloating or pain or just never know when you’ll be surprised with an onset, irritable bowel syndrome can be a major frustration for those who are affected by it. And it’s a lot more common than you might think. Some estimates say that 10% to 15% […]
How to Know if Your Stomach Illness is a Virus or Food Poisoning Something is really wrong here. You’re sick, and that’s a bit of an understatement. Not to be graphic, but it’s coming out of both ends and you’ve been dealing with it all day. What did you eat yesterday? Is anyone else who […]
The American Cancer Society estimates that 145,600 new cases of colon or rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during the current year and that the disease will claim the lives of more than 51,000 people. Those numbers in the Palmetto state are 2,166 and 829, according to the South Carolina Cancer Alliance. […]
Long considered relatively rare, celiac disease is now recognized as one of the more common lifelong ailments, affecting an estimated 3 million people in the United States. An autoimmune condition, it’s triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein component in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat food containing gluten, their […]
We’ve all had a bellyache or gastro flare-up at one time or another, and these types of issues seem to occur more often as we age. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a whopping 60 million to 70 million people in the United States feel the pain and embarrassment of digestive […]
What is Gastroenterology?
A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the treatment of ailments effecting the gastrointestinal tract and liver. They study all normal activity and disease of the digestive tract. Often referred to as a GI doctor, you would need to see a gastrointestinal doctor with concerns of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Gastrologists, or gastrology, study the stomach and stomach diseases. It is the job of the gastroenterologists to diagnose Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, cancer of the esophagus and colon polyps that might be cancerous.