Ranitidine Brand Name Zantac Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity… Read more »

The Cold Hard Facts About Colon Cancer

Each year in the United States, nearly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and over 50,000 die from the disease. It is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are effective ways to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact. What, Exactly, is Colorectal Cancer? The colon and rectum connect the… Read more »

Gluten Allergy: What To Do Next?

Celiac disease is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases, affecting as many as 1 in 100 people. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When a person has celiac sprue, the immune system recognizes gluten as a threat and attacks it. As the food passes through your small intestine, the immune response damages… Read more »

How Has The Incidence Of Colon Cancer Changed Over Time?

Colon, or colorectal cancer, is cancer of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women in the United States – the lifetime risk for developing the condition is around 5%. However, there is a lot of good news in the field as well. Colon cancer… Read more »

Microbes & Gut Health: A Vital Relationship

Microorganisms live all over the body – on our skin, mouth, nose, teeth, and throat, as well as in the gut. The bacteria known as “normal flora” area actually quite beneficial for health – they prevent the body from being colonized by harmful microbes, and they may help the body perform important actions. For example,… Read more »

Obesity And GI Health

Rates of obesity have risen rapidly since the 1980s, thanks to a variety of factors. This rise in obesity has led to widespread effects on health; obese people are much more likely to develop cardiovascular, orthopedic, gastrointestinal (GI) and other health problems at some point in their life – even if their obesity isn’t currently… Read more »

What Is A Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical test used to screen for colon cancer and other bowel issues. During a colonoscopy, a camera is used to view the inner lining of your large intestine and rectum. Colonoscopies should be performed routinely in a number of populations, as we’ll explore below. The Basics To perform a colonoscopy, your doctor will… Read more »

Colonoscopies In Baton Rouge

In the fight against colorectal cancer, the colonoscopy is one of the most valuable tools. Although colonoscopies only need to be performed every once in a while, they prove to be extremely useful for detecting and preventing colon cancer.   Colonoscopies, unfortunately, carry a bit of a social stigma for being embarrassing or possibly painful.  Many… Read more »

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. It’s important to be attuned to symptoms that could indicate colon cancer. However, the condition is notorious for being asymptomatic. Potential Symptoms In some cases, patients with colorectal cancer start to experience symptoms. Possible symptoms… Read more »

IBD And The Flu

About IBD Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a group of diseases that affect the small intestine and/or the colon. The diseases differ somewhat in their severity and manifestation, but they are all autoimmune diseases or diseases in which the body attacks its own tissue as foreign. Some forms include: •             Ulcerative colitis •             Crohn’s disease… Read more »

What Causes Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer affects the esophagus, the long tube that takes food from the back of the throat to the stomach. Esophageal cancer can take the form of either squamous cell carcinoma, which affects the flat cells that line the esophagus; or adenocarcinoma, which affects the cells that secrete mucous. Anyone can get esophageal cancer, regardless of… Read more »

Press Release: New Medication To Cure Hepatitis C

Doctors in Louisiana are ready to start prescribed a revolutionary Hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, which has been proven to clinically cure up to 90% of cases of Hepatitis C in clinical trials. Nearly 4 million Americans are affected by Hepatitis C, which is most common in the Baby Boomer generation. The virus is even more prevalent… Read more »

New Study Ties Prolonged Sitting To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancers

A new study from the University of Regensburg in Germany found that people who spend most of their time sitting down have an increased risk for numerous cancers, including colon cancer. Previous studies have also linked sitting to health problems such as heart disease, high blood sugar, blood clots, and obesity. The study looked at the results… Read more »

What Is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is one of the conditions belonging to the group known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Crohn’s disease affects approximately half a million Americans and is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  The doctor who first described this eponymous disease in 1932, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, worked with two colleagues on… Read more »

Aspirin and GI Health

For years, doctors have known that regular use of aspirin can reduce the risk of heart problems. Now, researchers have discovered another potential use of aspirin: the prevention of digestive cancer. A new study from the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine found that taking aspirin daily reduced… Read more »

How Do Polyps Play Into Colon Cancer?

Colon polyps are noncancerous growths in the lining of the colon or rectum. Although polyps are not cancerous in and of themselves, they can become cancerous later on. Screening for colon polyps can help prevent the development of colon cancer, by allowing their removal before they turn into cancer. Colon Polyps Can Become Cancerous On… Read more »

New Recommendations For Management Of IBS & Chronic Constipation

The American College of Gastroenterology recently released a review of the data for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). Patients with IBS experience issues such as abdominal pain, constipation, and frequent diarrhea. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) conditions such as Crohn’s, IBS does not involve changes to the structure of the bowel but is a”functional” problem, how… Read more »

Opioid Use In IBD Patients

A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that opioid use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with higher mortality and greater rates of opioid abuse. This information highlights the importance of close monitoring and compliance with the established medication regimen to prevent flare-ups. IBD encompasses a group of bowel disorders in which the bowel becomes chronically inflamed, resulting… Read more »

Polyps And Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge

On Polyps and Previous Colonoscopies A patient’s report of a previous colonoscopy as, “it was normal” or “it showed such and such” is not sufficent and may suggest something entirely different when said in non-medical terms. Many patients say they had polyps but “they were nothing”, “they were benign”, or “they were not cancerous”. These statements leave… Read more »

How To Manage Health Records And Doctor Relationships

How to Manage Health Records and Doctor Relationships – A Doctor’s Perspective Your doctor, especially a primary care doctor, or the first specialist you see for a problem, has been with you during the entire course of a problem (during flare- ups, etc), and he /she has reviewed you from the starting point of symptoms. … Read more »

Self-Diagnosis With Dr. Google

In the information age that we live in, it is easy to take the path of least resistance and avoid inconvenience when an ailment starts to cause concern and physical impairment.  Our desire for instant gratification can frequently be met with the quick Google search for a diagnosis fitting all of our symptoms.  Limitless outcomes… Read more »

This Appointment Can Save Your Life

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.  It is also the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With proper screening and early detection, colorectal cancer is 90% preventable.  It’s important to have a basic understanding of colorectal cancer and its prevention.… Read more »

Why I Don’t Want A Colonoscopy, Part II

This is part of a series of 3 blog posts whereby a family member (FM) of a patient is having a discussion on colonoscopy and colon cancer screening with a gastroenterologist (D).  Many individuals find reasons to put off their recommended colon cancer screening. Many of these objections to screening are addressed in this series. … Read more »

Who Does Colonoscopy In Baton Rouge?

Getting a colonoscopy is one of the most important things older adults 50 years and above can do to prevent colon cancer and ensure early treatment if colon cancer does develop. Gastroenterology Associates understands the importance of having a skilled, experienced gastroenterologist perform a colonoscopy, which is why we work to provide the most expert… Read more »

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) In Baton Rouge: Only At Gastroenterology Associates

Dr Walker McDonald and Dr Neelima Reddy of Gastroenterology Associates are the only specialists to provide endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) in the Baton Rouge area. This minimally invasive procedure is extremely useful for evaluating and diagnosing a range of conditions, including cancers of the esophagus, lung, pancreas or stomach, colon, ampulla, and rectum.  If you need an endoscopic ultrasound,… Read more »

Endoscopic Ultrasound: Gastroenterology Associates Case Studies

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure whereby an endoscopic tube is inserted into the mouth (for an upper GI EUS) or the anus/rectum (for a lower GI EUS).  The endoscopic tube is outfitted with an ultrasound device on the tip that provides imaging from the inside of a patient, as opposed to alternative… Read more »

Cirrhosis Of The Liver: Signs, Stages, And Treatments

The liver is one of the most essential organs of your body, playing a vital role in metabolism and the removal of toxins. Cirrhosis is a hardening and scarring of the liver that occurs as a result of disease and harm to the organ, such as hepatitis infection or alcoholism. Left untreated, cirrhosis will cause… Read more »

Acid Reflux And Eosinophillic Esophagitis

Acid reflux and eosinophillic esophagitis (EE or EoE) are medical problems that affect a large number of Americans. Both children and adults suffer from these ailments, which can cause a large amount of discomfort when it comes time to eat and digest.  Acid Reflux, or GERD, and eosinophilic esophagitis have similar symptoms and are EoE is commonly mistaken… Read more »

What’s ERCP And Who Does It?

Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts. ERCP is an essential tool in diagnosing pancreatic conditions, managing jaundice, and dealing with gallstones that migrate to the bile ducts. ERCP is best performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist, who will have the highest ability to perform the procedure, interpret… Read more »

Things That Aggravate And Calm Acid Reflux

If you’ve ever experienced a burning sensation in your chest or throat, you’re not alone. Heartburn is one of the main symptoms of a condition known as acid reflux, which affects roughly 60 million people in the US at least once a month, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Acid reflux occurs when digestive stomach… Read more »

Deductible Met? Schedule Your Colonoscopy Screening Today

As the end of the year approaches, many people have met their insurance deductible so that full insurance coverage kicks in for elective procedures. This makes it a great time to schedule medical care that is not immediately necessary. What Medical Procedures Should I Schedule After Hitting Deductible? Seeking medical care for conditions that are… Read more »

How Do I Know If I Have IBD? (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a number of conditions characterized by inflammation of the large and/or small intestines, with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) representing the most common forms. Left untreated, IBD can lead to severe complications, as well as substantial pain and discomfort. Below, we will look at some of the symptoms of… Read more »

Facts About Hemorrhoid Banding

Hemorrhoids are swollen tissue in the lower rectum and anus that are typically caused by too much pressure in the area. This condition affects roughly 10 million people in the US, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Some estimates indicate that over half of Americans will deal with hemorrhoids… Read more »

H Pylori: The Surprise Cause Of Most Ulcers

Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, is a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers. H. pylori infect roughly two-thirds of people worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although it doesn’t always cause ulcers. Most people who have this bacteria never experience any symptoms of it. As sanitation improves, cases of H.… Read more »

Heartburn Or Gerd: How Do You Know?

The symptoms of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are fairly similar, although they differ in their severity and persistence. Both conditions are caused by reflux of acid from the stomach into the lower portion of the esophagus. However, GERD is a chronic condition in which heartburn occurs two to three times a week or more, while having… Read more »

Treating Stress-Induced Gastric Disorders

The blues are in the air. With tax season, school wrapping up, and the impending swimsuit season—everyone’s singing the blues. But how is your body handling this stressful month? Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response in our body—causing your heart to beat faster and pumping the adrenaline and cortisol levels. In life-threatening situations (acute events),… Read more »

Identifying The Signs Of IBS During Menstruation

Aunt Flo’s visit. The curse. The crimson wave. Need we go on, ladies? Menstruation can be painful, emotional, and downright uncomfortable for any woman. But it can be difficult to tell if diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, etc., are part of the cycle or indicators of a functional bowel disorder, like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).… Read more »

Treating Celiac Symptom Flares

May 1st marks the beginning of Celiac Awareness Month. But that’s not the only thing it signifies. May is when minds drift in earnest to thoughts of pool parties, summer festivals, and backyard barbeques. But if you’re suffering from celiac disease, those sticky ribs and even stickier Louisiana days may put you at higher risk for… Read more »

Attain Sustainable Weight Loss With The Gastric Balloon

For 17 seasons, America tuned in to watch contestants battle their histories, habits, and bodies to thinness. With the help of personal trainers and associated medical personnel, the contestants dieted their way through the 30-week season—3 months sequestered on the Biggest Loser Ranch and 4 months spent at home applying what they’d learned—before the final… Read more »

Gastritis Symptom Triggers To Watch For

Your family and friends are gathered around the picnic table on a summer afternoon. As you talk and laugh, the dishes are passed around the table like clockwork. In the heat of the summer sun, that cold cucumber salad may look deliciously refreshing—but if you have gastritis, it could mean an untimely exodus from the… Read more »

Answers To Common Crohn’s Disease Questions

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease—two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—affect 1.4 million people in the United States alone. Despite the prevalence of these diseases, very little about their causes, symptoms, or treatment options—especially pertaining to Crohn’s disease— is public knowledge, so we’ve broken down four commonly asked questions regarding Crohn’s disease. Let’s get started.… Read more »

5 Things To Do Before Your Gastric Balloon Procedure

So you’ve made the decision. You’ve talked with your gastroenterologist and decided that the gastric balloon procedure is the best way for you to kick off your weight loss journey. Before you have the quick outpatient procedure, we’ve got 5 things you should do: Check Your Meds: Before the procedure, ensure that any current prescriptions… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Gastroparesis

Regularity. Your weekly lunch date. Your morning coffee. Your daily…well, you know. We all depend on regularity. We take it for granted! But when things get funky, it can throw everything off. So what’s causing the irregularity? Gastroparesis, also known as Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP), is a gastrointestinal disorder in which the muscles of the… Read more »

Diagnosing Digestive Problems After Gallbladder Surgery

You followed the pre-op instructions to a T. The procedure went swimmingly. And while the pain has disappeared with your gallbladder, now you’re dealing with some less than ideal side effects. We’ve gathered a list of the potential side effects that you may experience following a laparoscopic or open gallbladder removal procedure, as well as… Read more »

4 Fiber-Filled Make-Ahead Meals For Louisiana

As the school year rolls in and your schedule starts filling up, it can be exhausting to balance work, family, and friends, let alone a healthy diet. While you’re running from the office to ballet or soccer, the siren call of fast food is all too tempting. But busy days don’t have to derail your… Read more »

11 Common Causes Of Rectal Bleeding

Why is there blood in my stool? It’s a question we never want to ask, but it’s one in vital need of an answer. Even a slight presence of blood in your stool or on the toilet tissue hints that bleeding is occurring in the digestive tract. The darker the appearance of the blood, the… Read more »

Treating Acute Pancreatitis

A sudden, painful inflammation of the pancreas, acute pancreatitis is difficult to self-diagnose but in desperate need of treatment. The pain can last several days and may have a variety of causes. Early detection can save your body from pain and further trauma, which is why we’ve compiled a few tips for diagnosing and treating… Read more »

Is The Stretta Procedure The Right Move?

Acid reflux. Coughing. Difficulty swallowing. If you suffer from heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), these symptoms are all too familiar. But how can you stop them? First, talk with a gastroesophageal expert. Over-reliance on medical web resources can lead to improper self-diagnosis and potentially harmful self-treatment. Many different diseases and disorders can present with the same… Read more »

Colon Cancer Screening For Millennials In Baton Rouge

It’s that time of year again—Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Over the years, we’ve talked about the prevalence of colon cancer among adults over 50, as well as how diabetes, race, polyps, and other genetic factors can increase the risk of colon cancer. But now, it’s time to talk about a startling new demographic at risk—millennials. New research has shown that… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Hiatal Hernias

Digestive disorders are a part of everyday life for millions of Americans. Diet, stress, and chronic conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)all contribute to disrupting proper digestion. A lesser-known cause of digestive problems is herniation or the presence of hernias. A hernia occurs when an internal organ or fatty tissue forces itself into an area where… Read more »

Removing The Gastric Balloon: What To Expect During And After

So you got the gastric balloon! Your journey to attaining sustainable weight loss has officially begun. 6 months have flown by and now you’re preparing for the gastric balloon to be removed. While you recall the generalities of the removal, you’re a little fuzzy on the details. Don’t worry! We’re here to answer your questions… Read more »

Hemorrhoid Prevention

Oh, no. Not again. Those burning, painful bumps that seem to itch at the worst times have reappeared down there. Hemorrhoids. You’ve put up with their sudden reappearance and disappearance for years, but now it’s time to get serious about prevention. Check out these tips for hemorrhoid prevention and consult with a digestive specialist today. Listen to your… Read more »

Digestion Tips For Athletes

Spring has sprung. While you can’t wait to take advantage of the long days and get moving, we want to make sure your digestion can keep up with your hot feet. Just as it strengthens your muscles, regular exercise, along with a diet high in fiber, can strengthen the digestive system over time. Allow 2-3… Read more »

Why Your Colonoscopy Shouldn’t Be A Source Of Stress

Throughout the course of my medical training and my years as a physician, my perspective has changed in many ways.  I went from simply wanting a solid career to finding the practice of medicine that I was passionate about.  Eventually, I began to make the connection of what I studied in books to how it… Read more »

The Gastric Balloon Procedure: Is It Right For Me?

Very few American adults are pleased with their weight.  It’s what leads us to spend billions every year on dieting and weight loss. We all want to look and feel our best and we know that a healthy weight can protect us from a wide range of troublesome health conditions.  Yet, for many, that ideal… Read more »

Gastric Balloon Vs Lap Band: What’s The Difference?

If you are searching for a weight loss solution that is effective and also reversible, you may have narrowed your search down to the gastric balloon and the gastric band, otherwise known as the Lap Band. Both meet the criteria of delivering weight loss results with the option of reversibility. However, there are also many… Read more »

Abdominal Pain: When Is It Time To Visit A Gastroenterologist?

We’ve all experienced abdominal pain at some point.  It can be bothersome and frustrating.  But, what if your abdominal pain reaches the point of concern?  If you’ve had ongoing or severe pain, you may find yourself wondering when you should see a physician, and you are right to do so.  While many stomach pains resolve… Read more »

Hemorrhoid Patient Questions: The Answers You Need

Patients suffering from hemorrhoids may have questions related to their condition.  However, most patients shy away from seeking answers and solutions due to embarrassment.  Over 3 million hemorrhoid cases are diagnosed annually, and physicians are able to offer various treatment options including topical ointments and hemorrhoid banding.   Why do I get Hemorrhoids? Clusters of… Read more »

Colonoscopy Fears: Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Your Gut

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Americans.  Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable with early detection.  This is why colonoscopies at the age of 50 (or sooner for high-risk patients) have become the standard recommended screening test.  Not only can these procedures detect existing colorectal cancer, they also allow… Read more »

5 Benefits Of The Gastric Balloon

For patients who are considering turning to a weight loss procedure, the decision nearly always comes after countless other efforts.  In fact, the majority have been attempting weight loss on their own for an average of 3 to 4 years before looking into medical alternatives, and the decision to seek outside help is rarely an easy one. … Read more »

Will I Regain Weight After The Gastric Balloon?

If you’ve decided to give the gastric balloon a try for weight loss, you have likely been on a long journey to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Exercise programs, diet fads, and medication – you may feel as though you have tried them all.  With each attempt, regardless of how much success you… Read more »

Gallstone Risk Factors & Symptoms Explained

The gallbladder is a small organ found on the abdomen’s right side, beneath the liver.  Its primary purpose is store bile that is released after eating as an aid in fat digestion.  However, the gallbladder can occasionally do more harm than good when it fails to function properly. What are Gallstones? Gallstones are hardened deposits of… Read more »

5 Quick Facts About Diverticulitis

There are many changes that can occur within the digestive tract, particularly with age.  One such change, which is increasingly common in patients over 40, is the development of small pouches within the digestive system’s lining, most often in the lower portion of the large intestine commonly referred to as the sigmoid colon.  These bulging… Read more »

Managing 4 Common Triggers of IBS

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is among the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting as much as 15 percent of the world’s population.  It is chronic in nature, and flare-ups can leave sufferers wondering if they will ever be free of the bloating, constipation, and cramping that often accompany the condition.  However, there are steps that… Read more »

Celiac Vs Crohn’s: Differences And Similarities

We all experience stomach pains from time to time and normally pay little mind to it. It could have been caused by something you ate, how much you ate, a night of drinking, nervousness, or countless other reasons. However, if you feel like you have a persisting problem that leaves you running to the bathroom… Read more »

Steps To Keep Heartburn Under Control

Heartburn is very common and brings discomfort to millions. What causes heartburn? The condition is the result of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus, and it can produce a burning sensation in the throat or chest.  Other common symptoms include sore throat, coughing, hoarseness, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing. How does your heartburn go away?… Read more »

Acid Reflux Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

Acid reflux is a common problem that knows no limits of age, gender, or other demographics. Unlike general ‘heartburn’, acid reflux symptoms are not just caused by something you eat. Acid Reflux Symptoms In order to determine if you should be tested for the possibility of having acid reflux, consider the following potential symptoms: • … Read more »

Answering Your Most Common Acid Reflux Questions

Acid reflux and heartburn are common complaints that we have all experienced at one time or another.  Most understand that the burning sensation of reflux is a direct result of rising stomach acid.  However, there are many other questions to which the answers are not so clear.  Here are some of the most frequently asked… Read more »

How Does Stress Impact Digestive Health

If you have ever experienced the feeling of a knot in your stomach or queasiness when undergoing a particularly upsetting or stressful time, you are already well aware that your mental state can have significant impact over your digestive health.  This is managing stress and anxiety are imperative to not only mental health, but gut… Read more »

Is It Heartburn Or Something Else?

A feeling of burning or tightness in the chest can often leave sufferers with the immediate assumption that what they are feeling are classic signs of heartburn or acid reflux.  In most cases, this assumption is accurate.  However, these same symptoms are also associated with other, potentially serious conditions.  Therefore, they should never be ignored,… Read more »

3 Types Of Screenings Performed By Gastroenterologists

When you are struggling with digestive difficulties or have reached an age when recommended screenings such as colonoscopies should begin, it’s time to include a gastroenterologist in your health care team. The training of a gastroenterologist is very specific and unique, including training in specialized gastrointestinal procedures.  This allows them to provide high quality, comprehensive… Read more »

Gastroenteritis: Treating and Preventing A Common Stomach Bug

Stomach Flu. Stomach Bug. Stomach Virus.  All of these are common day names for gastroenteritis.  It certainly seems that Baton Rouge daycares, schools, workplaces, and other close-contact group environments have been seeing a lot of this going around over the past few weeks. Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection, typically having a sudden onset, with the… Read more »

7 Healthy Digestion Tips Your Gut Will Thank You For

We’ve all experienced digestive woes from time to time.  Stomach cramps, constipation, heartburn, and similar problems are all clues that something just isn’t quite right within the digestive system.  In some instances, the cause is an underlying condition or illness, but in others, such problems could simply be the result of not treating our bodies… Read more »

Why Am I Constipated? 5 Surprising Reasons

For some, a watch could be set by their bathroom habits.  With fairly reliable consistency, they know when a bowel movement can be expected each day.  For others, when and where the urge may strike is not so predictable.  Still, as long as you are having at least three bowel movements per week, there isn’t… Read more »

4 Types Of Hemorrhoids & How They Are Treated

  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone.  As many as 1 in 20 Americans deal with hemorrhoids, and up to 50 percent of those over the age of 50 will encounter them.  Patients should also keep in mind that not all hemorrhoids are the same and that they may not… Read more »

What Is Esophageal Stricture & How Is It Treated?

Tightness in the throat is a familiar sensation for some.  It can be an uncomfortable, painful, and even frightening feeling.  Sometimes, the tightness is short-lived and may be attributed to anxiety or an allergic reaction.  However, persistent tightness that worsens over time may be the result of esophageal stricture.   Conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)… Read more »

Peptic Ulcers: Types & Causes

Peptic ulcers are sores in the esophagus, stomach, or the first part of the small intestine. Since the lining of these areas exists to protect the underlying tissues from stomach, the symptoms of a peptic ulcer can be unpleasant, and the long-term implications can be serious if the condition is untreated. Types of Peptic Ulcers … Read more »

What Causes Rectal Bleeding? Understanding Your Symptoms

Blood seen in the toilet or after wiping can be alarming. Your mind may begin to race, wondering what is causing the bleeding and if it could be something serious. Fortunately, the cause behind most cases of rectal bleeding is benign and easily treatable, so there is often no need to panic. Still, this is… Read more »

Why Am I Always Nauseous?

It is completely normal to feel stomach upset and nausea from time to time. However, when those feelings become chronic, they require further investigation to determine the underlying cause. Mental Health Causing Nausea Stress, fear, and anxiety can cause many stomach-related problems. Stress and depression can contribute to ulcers, anxiety can result in symptoms like… Read more »

Tightness In Your Throat? Here’s Why

Tightness in your throat could be due to an esophageal stricture. An esophageal stricture is caused by damage to the esophagus that causes inflammation or swelling. When this occurs, the space in the esophagus becomes smaller, making it feel tighter and compromising function. Esophageal strictures cause symptoms such as: hoarseness difficulty swallowing heartburn regurgitation of… Read more »

Eating Disorders And GI Problems: Understanding The Connections

An eating disorder is a medical condition in which an individual practices eating habits that are harmful to their physical and mental health. Among the most commonly diagnosed types are binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and pica. Each condition is characterized by its own, unique set of behaviors and symptoms. However, they are… Read more »

What To Expect After Your Baton Rouge Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a vital screening procedure for general health and wellness for all adults 50 years of age and older. This endoscopic procedure can detect polyps, tumors, inflammation or any other abnormalities that are asymptomatic or otherwise undetectable by other tests. And while your gastroenterologist has made sure you’re well-versed in the at-home preparation… Read more »

1.6 Million Americans Have This, Are You One of Them?

If you suffer from frequent abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight loss, you may be one of the 1.6 million Americans suffering from a group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation and damage to the digestive tract, compromising its function. The disorder mainly includes Crohn’s disease… Read more »

Notice to Patients: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 3/13/2020

Patients: Your doctors are closely following the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) as it has progressed, originally in China but now in the United States and in some cases, in our own communities. This virus has proven to be quite infectious and the number of cases is expanding rapidly. To date, we have… Read more »

What Are The Symptoms Of Colon Cancer?

You’ve heard that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most common cause of cancer. It is most common in older people, but cases among younger adults are becoming more common. And even if you’ve had the screening recommended by your doctor, you still wonder, “What if I get… Read more »

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy

Any chronic disease can make pregnancy a more challenging experience, and the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) – Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis – are no exception. But current management practices for IBD usually makes pregnancy with IBD a safe experience for both mother and child. With careful supervision from a qualified physician, a healthy pregnancy… Read more »

Signs of Gluten Sensitivity You Shouldn’t Ignore

Many people have disorders that cause symptoms after they eat food containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease is one of these disorders. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the body’s own immune system responds, causing damage to the small intestine and a wide range of symptoms. Lab studies… Read more »

The Short & Long Term Effects Of Gerd

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, causes both short-term symptoms and long-term effects. Taking steps to manage GERD can reduce the risk of long-term complications, as well as providing short-term relief from symptoms. If you are suffering from GERD, don’t try to ignore it: seek medical advice to prevent serious complications arising later. Short-Term Effects of GERD… Read more »

What Is Gastric Balloon Weight Loss?

Remember the old saying, “no pain, no gain?” This short, classic quote is relevant in most aspects of life. Whether you are training for a marathon or simply learning how to dance, there are always growing pains involved with progress. Most people are willing to accept this life-long principle, as long as there is light… Read more »

Diverticulitis: Definition, Causes, & Symptoms

In some individuals, marble-sized pouches known as diverticula form in the digestive tract, most commonly in the colon. Diverticula can develop at any age and are not uncommon. In fact, most people who develop these pouches have no symptoms as long as nothing goes wrong. However, if one of the diverticula becomes infected or inflamed,… Read more »

Aspirin And Colorectal Cancer

Aspirin has gained a great deal of attention as a multipurpose medication. The analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties of this substance have been used for centuries to treat a number of symptoms. It is a part of a group of medications known as NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which also includes ibuprofen, Celebrex, naproxen. Uses for… Read more »

Understanding Acid Reflux and Heartburn Symptoms

Understanding Acid Reflux, aka Heartburn Do you avoid certain foods because you know they will make you uncomfortable sometime later in the day? Perhaps you prop yourself up to sleep to avoid that burning sensation in the middle of the night. Or it could be that you rely on antacids to get you through the… Read more »

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 the… 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 »