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By Advanced Digestive Care
March 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: stomach pain  

For many people, a stomach ache goes away within a few hours and is no cause for alarm. However, many people suffer from stomach pain caused by undiagnosed, yet treatable, conditions. But where is the line between a simple tummy ache and gastrointestinal stomach painissues? Find out with help from your Clearwater, FL doctor at Advanced Digestive Care.

What are the common causes of stomach pain? 
Most cases of stomach pain come from indigestion, gas or constipation. Other common causes of stomach pain include:

  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • food poisoning or allergies
  • hernia
  • gallstones
  • menstrual cramps
  • virus
  • kidney stones
  • lactose intolerance
  • urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • appendicitis

When should I see my doctor? 
A majority of the time, the body heals itself and stomach pain goes away on its own. However, if you experience severe abdominal pain or one or more of the following symptoms, you should see your Clearwater doctor as soon as possible:

  • painful urination
  • fever
  • vomiting for more than 2 days
  • dehydration
  • inability to pass a bowel movement
  • your abdomen is tender or sore to the touch
  • you have severe pain lasting longer than several hours

If you experience the following symptoms, you should contact your health care provider immediately:

  • you are pregnant and experiencing stomach pain
  • black or tarry stools
  • blood in the stool or urine
  • vomiting blood
  • difficulty breathing

How can Advanced Digestive Care help? 
Since everyone is different and stomach pain has such a wide variety of causes, diagnosis depends on your personal situation. Your doctor will get to the root cause of your stomach pain through questions, medical and family history and a physical exam. It is helpful to keep a record of your symptoms. Be sure to include when the symptoms appear, what makes them better or worse, where the pain is located and if the pain radiates to any other areas of your body. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your stomach pain.

For more information on stomach pain, its causes and treatment options, please contact your doctor at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL. Call (727) 462-0444 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!

By Advanced Digestive Care
February 03, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Endoscopy  

The most appropriate type of endoscopy for you will depend on where your doctor believes your symptoms may be located. Gastrointestinal problems can be difficult to solve, and communicating with your doctor about your symptoms is essential for them to determine which tests may be most expedient. The doctors at Advanced Digestive Care want to help, and this article provides a brief introduction to the different procedures and help you talk with your Clearwater, FL physician.Endoscopy

What is an Endoscopy?

Taken most generally, an endoscopy is any procedure in which a scope (usually a thin, flexible tube) is inserted into the body. These are primarily diagnostic procedures, i.e. only used to gather information about potential medical conditions, but can be used to carry out therapeutic procedures in some cases. Your health care provider may recommend you see a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy if you are experiencing any symptoms like abdominal pain, heartburn, stomach or intestinal bleeding, weight loss, or many others, depending on your specific medical history and presentation. Some types of endoscopy, such as colonoscopy, are part of preventative care and will be suggested even in the absence of symptoms.

If you suffer from a problem related to your duodenum, stomach, esophagus, pancreas, or gallbladder, (e.g. heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or gall stones), your Clearwater doctor may recommend an upper GI endoscopy. In this procedure, a thin flexible tube with a light and a camera is inserted through the mouth and used to examine the relevant areas, or inject dye so that better images can be taken of the area. For examination of the large bowel (colon), a colonoscopy may be required. For both these procedures, sedation is provided to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout.

To examine the small intestine, a different method called capsule endoscopy is used. A small, self-contained camera and transmitter the size of a large pill is swallowed. As it travels through the digestive tract (taking roughly 8 hours), it wirelessly transmits pictures to a receiver worn on the belt. This kind of endoscopy is most commonly used in cases of chronic bowel diseases, like Crohn’s, and difficult-to-trace internal bleeding.

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In the Clearwater, FL area, contact the caring and professional practice of Advanced Digestive Care. If you are experiencing gastrointestinal problems or pain, don’t wait--the sooner you seek treatment and care, the sooner you can get your health back on track!