Why Do I Have Bright Red Blood In My Stool

  Maybe you noticed bloody toilet paper or the water in the toilet bowl turn red after your bowel movement. It doesn’t matter how it came to your attention, discovering bright red blood in your stool can be alarming. But don’t panic just yet, because it isn’t necessarily something serious. Bleeding can occur anywhere along… Read more »

Arizona Digestive Health joins GI Alliance

  Dallas, TX – October 16, 2019 – GI Alliance (GIA), the nation’s largest independent gastroenterology services organization, today announced a new partnership with Arizona Digestive Health (ADH). GI Alliance now serves three of the ten largest U.S. gastroenterology groups – ADH, Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG), and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC) – representing over… Read more »

I Think My Child Has an Ulcer

Does your child easily stress out? Is your child always anxious? Is your child a perfectionist? Do you worry that your child is going to get an ulcer? What Is an Ulcer? An ulcer is an open, painful sore in the digestive tract. Ulcers in the stomach are called gastric ulcers, and ulcers in the first part… Read more »

Is Your Child Lactose Intolerant?

Does your child complain of gas, diarrhea, or abdominal pain shortly after having dairy products? If yes, then your child may have lactose intolerance. What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem in people who cannot digest the sugar lactose found in milk. Lactose sugar is also found in other dairy products, such as cheese and… Read more »

My Infant Has Reflux. Is This Normal?

What Is Infant Gastroesophageal Reflux? Infant reflux, known as gastroesophageal reflux(GER), occurs when the stomach contents come back up into the infant’s food pipe or esophagus. The ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach normally relaxes to let milk pass from the esophagus into the stomach and then tightens again to keep the milk in… Read more »

The First Brain and the Second Brain (Part 2)

The amazing human body has two brains: the one we are all familiar with that is encased in the skull and a lesser-known but equally important one found in the human gut. The connection between the two brains is so close, when one gets upset, the other does too. In Part 1, we talked about… Read more »

The First Brain and the Second Brain (Part 1)

The connection between our gut health and our brain health is closely intertwined. You may have experienced this firsthand if you’ve had “butterflies” in your belly when you were in a worried state of mind. The reason for this is that the amazing human body has two brains: the one we are all familiar with… Read more »

Nutritional Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children occurs as a result of genetic and environmental factors. IBD is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the intestines. For reasons that are not yet clearly understood, the child’s immune system becomes abnormally active against his or her own intestines. The most common symptoms of IBD include diarrhea (often with blood and mucus), abdominal pain,… Read more »

What Is Toddler’s Diarrhea?

Toddler’s diarrhea is the most common cause of chronic diarrhea in a child who is continuing to gain weight and grow appropriately. The amount of diarrhea the child is having can often cause parents to become concerned. However, children with toddler’s diarrhea do not complain about abdominal pain and continue to be active. Children with toddler’s… Read more »

Water

Texas summers can be brutally hot and the month of August has been no exception! Your body depends on water to survive.  Every cell in your body needs water to properly function. Without water, the average person can survive for about 3 days. Your body is 60% water! What does your body use water for? Delivering oxygen… Read more »

GI Alliance Partners with Southeast Texas Gastroenterology Associates, Expanding Gastroenterology Presence in Texas

DALLAS, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — GI Alliance, the nation’s largest independent gastroenterology services organization, today announced a partnership with Southeast Texas Gastroenterology Associates (SETGA). Serving Beaumont, TX and located conveniently for patients on the I-10 corridor, SETGA has provided high-quality gastrointestinal care for over 30 years. (PRNewsfoto/The GI Alliance) Joe Holland, M.D., a founding partner of SETGA, said,… Read more »

Causes of Stomach Ulcers You Need to Know

In the past, experts believed stress and a poor diet were the direct cause of stomach ulcers. While stress and an unhealthy diet can aggravate ulcers, doctors need patients to know there are other causes of these ulcerations in the stomach lining. Here are the 2 main causes of ulcers that doctors want you to… Read more »

3 Benefits of a Colonoscopy You Need to Know About

Once you reach a certain age, your doctor will most likely recommend a colonoscopy. This test is not only important for diagnosing colon cancer, but it is also an essential element in the efficient and effective treatment of cancer and other disorders related to your colon, rectum and digestive system. Here are a few benefits… Read more »

Managing Symptoms with an Effective Diverticulitis Diet

From pain in the lower abdomen and fever to vomiting and constipation or diarrhea, managing the symptoms of diverticulitis with diet is possible. While antibiotics are necessary in many cases and rarely even surgery, eating a specific diverticulitis diet can ease the discomfort and serious symptoms associated with this inflammation of the diverticula in the… Read more »

Crohn’s Disease Diet: What to Eat During a Flare-Up

For those with Crohn’s disease, diet restrictions and monitoring are a part of daily life. Within the GI Alliance, we understand the importance of keeping your digestive system healthy and happy to keep symptoms at bay. No matter how cautious, Crohn’s disease patients will still face digestive “flare-ups” from time to time. When these flare-ups… Read more »

The Hidden Causes of Acute Gastritis You Need to Know

Acute gastritis is the sudden inflammation of the stomach lining. The pain associated with this condition may be severe but does not last for an extended period. Acute gastritis may occur because of prescribed medications, but other hidden causes may be the leading factor in your flare-ups. Visiting with your doctor and ordering a medical… Read more »

The Most Popular Foods to Harm and Help Your Acid Reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the acid in your stomach flows up into the esophagus due to the esophageal sphincter being damaged or weakened. For those diagnosed with acid reflux, managing your diet is a good way to relieve symptoms. This includes monitoring the number of acidic foods you consume. Nutrition and stomach problems go hand… Read more »

Liver Damage Symptoms Your Doctor Wants You To Know About

Did you know that the liver is capable of repairing its own damaged tissues? This means that, in some cases, liver damage is reversible. However, liver conditions exist that can cause permanent damage, so it is critical that liver damage symptoms are identified and treated as quickly as possible. At Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, we… Read more »

Stomach Bug or Abdominal Migraine?

Does your child have a stomach bug? Depending on the symptoms and circumstances, she may have an abdominal migraine. Here’s how to tell the difference between an abdominal migraine and a garden-variety stomach bug. An abdominal migraine is like a migraine headache, but the pain is in the belly — not in the head. It’s… Read more »

What Is My Microbiome?

Every time you turn on the TV, it seems like there’s a new commercial for something that contains “friendly bacteria” good for “gut health.” You scour the Internet to find out what makes bacteria friendly and come across the term “microbiome.” Micro wha? All of us have a microbiome, and it’s key to good health.… Read more »

IBD and Pregnancy: Tina Anderson’s Story

Editor’s note: TDDC brings you this first-person story from Tina Anderson, a patient of Dr. Rajeev Jain. Tina shares her story to show that with proper planning and care coordination, women with inflammatory bowel disease can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Learn more here. May 11, 2003. It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. The… Read more »