Digestive Disorders in Arizona
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What are digestive disorders?
As your prime location for digestive and liver health, we offer solutions for any problem that occurs along the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the rectum. Some of the most commonly treated diseases at our center include:
IBS, Crohn's and ulcerative colitis – IBS is an embarrassing condition that causes abdominal cramping and pain, plus changes in bowel movements; Crohn's disease is similar in that it causes cramping, pain and diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis causes diarrhea, loose stools and lost appetite.
GERD – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is characterized by burning chest pain, a sour taste in your mouth and regurgitation of food or sour liquid (as in acid reflux)
Barrett’s esophagus – an abnormal change in the cells of the lower esophagus and a strong association with esophageal adenocarcinoma, which is a deadly form of cancer
Ulcers – these small holes in the digestive tract can appear in the stomach (peptic or gastric ulcers), the esophagus, the colon or the intestines
Swallowing disorders – Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) can be caused by several conditions, including GERD, esophageal cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease and stroke
Hiatal hernia – When part of your stomach pushes upward into your diaphragm. The hiatus is a small opening through which your food tube passes on its way to connect to your stomach.
Hepatitis B and C – Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver and is transmitted through sex or sharing needles, silverware and toothbrushes with an infected individual. Hepatitis C is also a liver virus that is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact (e.g. shared needles, etc.)
If you have or suspect any of the above conditions, then contact Arizona Digestive Health right away to be evaluated by a professional gastroenterologist in Phoenix, AZ.
What are the symptoms of digestive disorders?
A digestive disorder is any kind of health problem that arises in the digestive tract. Signs of trouble in the digestive tract include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the stomach
- Swallowing difficulties
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
If you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, contact our location to get in touch with a provider in Phoenix, AZ right away.
What are some common digestive disorders?
Some digestion problems such as heartburn and diarrhea are experienced almost universally by people across the nation. These are some of the most commonly experienced digestive disorders:
- Fecal incontinence is the impaired ability to control gas or stool. It’s a common ailment that people may not want to discuss due to embarrassment. It is normal for most people to have bowel movements from three times a day to three times a week. Normal bowel habits are affected by diet and fiber or liquid intake. Exercise is also beneficial for regulating bowel habits.
- Constipation is the inability to have regular bowel movements. About 80% of people suffer from constipation at some time during their lives. Brief periods of constipation are not unusual. If bowel movements occur less than three times weekly, you might have constipation.
- Hemorrhoids affect half of all Americans at some point in their lives. Most people do not seek help until it is greatly needed. Today, the most common hemorrhoid treatment is rubber-band ligation. About 50 million of these are performed worldwide each year. Over 95% of all hemorrhoids can be treated this way. Today’s more advanced bands allow a more accurate placement. The bands are smaller and more comfortable, so patients enjoy unprecedented safety, comfort, and ease.
Your treatment for your digestive condition will depend on the exact cause of your symptoms. Contact a gastroenterologist in Phoenix, AZ to have your condition evaluated right away.
Hope for patients with digestive ailments
At Arizona Digestive Health, our providers treat all kinds of digestive disorders from commonplace to complex. If you are experiencing troubling symptoms related to your digestive tract such as persistent diarrhea, chronic heartburn, or abdominal pain, then reach out to our location in Phoenix, AZ to request a consultation with one of our GI experts. Our team will work to ensure you can return to life as normal in better digestive health.
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