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Gastrointestinal Disorders

Brandon Riverview Medical Associates

Primary Care Practice, Urgent Care, & Weight Loss Center located in Brandon, FL & Riverview, FL

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that cause bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation are some of the most common reasons people seek medical care. At Brandon Riverview Medical Associates in Brandon and Riverview, Florida, the medical team offers thorough diagnosis and treatment of GI disorders. Find out what’s causing your symptoms and get relief today by scheduling a visit by phone or online at the office.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Q & A

What symptoms indicate a gastrointestinal (GI) disorder?

GI disorders can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms that may leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable, or in pain. Common signs of GI disorders include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bleeding from the digestive tract
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating
  • Passing gas
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hiccups

While occasional GI problems can be caused by the foods you eat, stress, or minor infections, it’s best to seek treatment if you experience recurring issues or your GI problems last more than a couple of days.

Are there different types of gastrointestinal disorders?

Yes, there are numerous types of GI disorders that can be categorized into functional and structural disorders. Functional GI disorders occur when your digestive function is impaired, while structural disorders are the result of anatomical changes to the structure of your digestive tract.

Common functional GI disorders include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which causes alternating constipation and diarrhea

Common structural GI disorders include:

  • Internal and external hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Perianal abscesses
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Colitis, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease

Lifestyle changes and medical treatment can help both functional and structural GI disorders.

How are gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed?

To determine the cause of your GI disorder, the providers at Brandon Riverview Medical Associates begin with a thorough consultation and physical exam. They ask questions about your symptoms and listen to your stomach and intestines using a stethoscope.

They may refer you for advanced testing, if needed, to screen for colon cancer and other digestive tract problems if you’re at risk.

How are gastrointestinal disorders treated?

Treatment for GI disorders varies depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. The first step is often keeping a food diary and tracking your symptoms based on the foods you eat. Your provider may also request that you track your stress levels and bowel habits.

Lifestyle changes, such as cutting out dairy products or reducing your caffeine intake may also help. Testing for food allergies at Brandon Riverview Medical Associates can also help to identify potential triggers of your symptoms.

In some cases, medications can help to reduce constipation and diarrhea or relax your digestive tract for easier digestion.

Get help for your gastrointestinal problems now by calling Brandon Riverview Medical Associates, or you can request an appointment online.