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FAQ to Your Gastroenterologist

Do have questions about stomach or other gastrointestinal problems? Dr. Saeed Ahmed, your Wesley Chapel, FL, gastroenterologist at gastroenterologistDigestive Disease Associates of Central Florida, tackles a few of the most common questions.

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers and gallbladder disease.

What can I do about chronic heartburn?

Nearly everybody suffers from heartburn from time to time, but when your symptoms become chronic, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) may be to blame. GERD occurs when acids in your stomach flow back into your esophagus. Other symptoms of GERD include hoarseness, bad breath, excess saliva, a sour taste in the mouth and a feeling that there's something stuck in your throat. Your gastroenterologist can offer medications that will reduce or block acid production.

Are colonoscopies really necessary?

If you're approaching age 50, you may be wondering if you can just skip the recommended colonoscopy. Unfortunately, avoiding the test may be a very bad decision. Colonoscopies offer a very effective, non-surgical way to detect colon cancer and polyps that may eventually become cancerous. Because your colon cancer risk rises as you age, a colonoscopy is one test you won't want to skip.

How can I manage my IBS symptoms?

IBS is not only painful but also inconvenient. Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms and reducing stress can help reduce those bouts of cramps, diarrhea and constipation, but sometimes symptoms persist even if you follow all of the self-care recommendation. Your gastroenterologist can prescribe medications that may help reduce your symptoms.

Should I see a Wesley Chapel gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterologists treat the entire gastrointestinal system from the esophagus to the rectum and can offer solutions that will help ease your symptoms. Consider making an appointment if you suffer from:

  • Chronic heartburn
  • Frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Frequent or severe stomach or abdominal pain or cramps
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bowel movement problems and changes in bowel habits
  • Vomiting
  • Decrease appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent gas and bloating

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms? Why not make an appointment with Dr. Ahmed, your Wesley Chapel, FL, gastroenterologist at Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida, to find out what types of treatment options are available for your disease or condition? Call him at (813) 994-4800 to schedule your visit.

Wesley Chapel, FL Gastroenterologist Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida 2050 Ashley Oaks Circle Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (813) 994-4800
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