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7 Digestive Issues You Should See A GI Doctor About

March 20, 2024 | Return|

Understanding the quirks and discomforts of our digestive system can sometimes feel like deciphering a complex puzzle. With numerous symptoms and underlying causes, deciding when it’s time to seek a professional opinion from a gastro doctor is the best way to check-in with your gut health. If you are concerned about a possible gastrointestinal issue developing, the Digestive Health Clinic in Boise and Nampa is here to help.

What Are Common GI Issues?

While remarkably efficient, most of the time, our digestive system is not exempt from developing issues, no matter your age, lifestyle habits or genetics. Throughout your life, it’s common to experience these common GI issues:

  • Acid Reflux (Heartburn)
  • GERD
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Abdominal Pain Syndrome
  • Belching, bloating or flatulence
  • Biliary Tract Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gallstone Pancreatitis
  • Constipation or defecation problems
  • Acute or chronic diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Hemorrhoids and other anal disorders
What Are Common GI Issues? | MidValley Healthcare

In some cases, disorders like gallstones or rectal related issues can be more common in women. Many of these conditions can happen on their own. Other times, issues like frequent belching, bloating, or flatulence can be an indicator of Gallstone Pancreatitis and other gallbladder disorders. This is why we recommend visiting the Digestive Health Clinic if you are experiencing a combination of the conditions listed above.

What 7 Gastrointestinal Issues Should I See a GI Doctor For?

You should make an appointment with the Digestive Health Clinic as quickly as possible if you have noticed,

  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexpected and rapid weight loss
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in stool
  • Constipation
What Are Common GI Issues? | MidValley Healthcare

These are concerning GI issues that can indicate a developing disease that will require professional diagnosis for effective treatment.

You should also come see your gastro doctor if you are due for a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies can detect issues like colon cancer, polyps and other diseases before they impact your health too much. Patients who are at an average risk for colon cancer should start colon cancer screening with a colonoscopy at age 45. If you have a family history of colon cancer in a first degree relative (parent or sibling) or you have inflammatory bowel disease, you should screen at an earlier age, which should be discussed with your primary care provider or gastroenterologist. If the first check-up finds nothing concerning, you shouldn’t need to get another for 10 years.

When Should I Be Worried About GI Problems?

As previously stated, it’s not uncommon to experience common GI conditions, but it’s time to see a GI doctor when these conditions begin to impact your everyday life. Call us if,

  • You cannot go more than a few hours without a trip to the bathroom
  • You are taking medications that should help diminish symptoms
  • You are losing sleep or your appetite

Excellence in Digestive Health Care in Boise & Nampa

At the Digestive Health Clinic, we pride ourselves on our excellence in digestive care. Our GI doctors are dedicated to listening to your concerns, understanding your needs, and developing a treatment plan that works best for you when necessary.

By consistently staying at the forefront of new procedures and committing to the highest quality services, we ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. Schedule an appointment with us today at (208) 489-1838 and take the first step towards comprehensive and compassionate care.

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