Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated as GERD, is a common condition that involves stomach acid frequently flowing up into the esophagus. GERD can also cause other related conditions, such as Barrett’s esophagus, which is a condition that results in healthy esophageal tissue to become damaged to the point where it more closely resembles tissue of the intestine.
Heartburn and a heart attack can exhibit some very similar symptoms, but these two conditions are certainly not the same. Be able to recognize the difference between the two with these helpful tips.
Heartburn is a very common symptom of acid reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. It typically starts with a burning sensation in your chest which can become quite painful.
Most of us have had heartburn at least once in our lives, but when it becomes a frequent occurrence and interrupts our sleep, we should take notice and figure out the causes.
The simple fact is that what and how much we eat and drink can contribute to painful heartburn or acid reflux. Not everyone has the same triggers, so our approach will stress common foods to avoid and helpful substitutes.
The answer to this question is yes, although recurring hemorrhoids might be a better designation than actually growing back. Regardless of the term, neither scenario is an optimal one.
Ultimately, it’s more about the patient and how faithful they are to recommended lifestyle and dietary changes.
“I am really looking forward to my colonoscopy,” said no one ever.
Let’s face it; a colonoscopy ranks right up there with a root canal for least favorite necessary evil. The good news is that some of the prep has improved in the last few years, and there are new less invasive screenings available. If caught early enough, colorectal cancer can be treated and cured.
If you live with Crohn’s Disease, you probably know that eating certain foods can trigger digestion issues. Having a special diet plan, avoiding certain foods, can prevent these triggers and allow intestinal healing.
The holiday season is the time of the year to spend time with your family and food is often a huge role in our holiday traditions. When it comes to holiday foods, it may be hard to navigate what you can and cannot eat if you are suffering from a digestive disease such as IBS or Crohn’s Disease. If your digestive issues are severe enough, this may cause issues in accepting party invitations or even consider eating while attending these parties.
Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year already? In November and December, our office will be closed on a few select days so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
It’s important to understand what a colonoscopy is meant for even if it’s not something you’re looking forward to.
It is a great pleasure to introduce GI Partners of Illinois, LLC to our many patients and referring physicians throughout the Chicagoland area. Multiple gastroenterology practices have united to form one of the largest gastroenterology specialty groups in the state, with many more groups committed to joining us in the near future. In partnering with the top gastroenterologists in the area, we have achieved our goal of providing the best possible care for our patients, in the most cost-effective manner.