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Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Gastrointestinal (GI) System is a tube about 25 to 32 feet in length. The GI System includes the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. The liver, appendix, gallbladder, and pancreas are organs that assist the function of the system.

There are many things the GI System is involved in with the body. The primary purpose of the GI tract is to break down food. It digests foods to absorbs nutrients. It also detoxifies wastes.

Causes

There are numerous problems associated with a compromised GI System. These include constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, ulcers, chron's disease, gastritis, colitis, leaky gut, and anal disorders (hemorrhoids, internal and external; anal fistula; perianal abscesses; and anal fissures).

Most commonly, poor diet and inflammation are the causing factors – although each disorder has its own underlying reason. Not getting enough exercise, being stressed, resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, taking certain medications or overuse of stool softeners are other primary causes.

Poor diet, as mentioned before, is a very common cause of this problem. Unhealthy food choices such as meals heavy in starches and red meats or foods made with chemicals and preservatives should be changed.

Because patients with GI disorders associate eating with unpleasant symptoms, it can lead to anorexia.

Start Yourself Over can help with any gastrointestinal disorder and direct you to any of our physicians to treat these disorders.

Treatments

Removal or correction of the GI System is the most appropriate treatment. Certain food additives must be observed and eliminated to avoid excessive irritation. Treatment alters for each GI disease and dysfunction.

Many of these problems can be diminished in multiple ways. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and acquiescing to cancer screening are very important. You should have a colonoscopy by the age of 50. If you have a family history of Gastrointestinal Disorders, you have a colonoscopy 10 years before the age that your family member was diagnosed.

Our physicians will help you diagnose and treat any gastrointestinal problem. It all begins with a free consultation. Are you ready for the next step? Learn more about treatment options here!

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