Treatment for Intestinal Disorders & Digestive Problems in Atlanta
t’s a fact, most people are embarrassed about intestinal or digestive problems they may be experiencing, and will often put off seeking medical attention until a medical emergency occurs.
Unfortunately, we see this all too often at Progressive Medical Center, which is why we put this page together in order to help you understand the common types of intestinal and digestive problems we encounter, and how we can help you get rid of them entirely, or at the very least manage your symptoms effectively so that you can return to your normal life.
What are the Most Common Digestive Disorders?
While there are a variety of problems that can cause intestinal pain and difficulty digesting and processing foods correctly, a few of the most common are as follows:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
In layman’s terms, this is typically referred to as heartburn or reflux. It’s believed that GERD effects 10% of the United States population, and thus is a common medical issue that we see quite frequently at Progressive Medical Center. While GERD in and of itself is not harmful, what it can lead to is. Left untreated, Esophageal cancer, as well as many other life-threatening conditions could develop. We typically recommend dietary changes, accompanied with a holistic approach for the treatment of GERD.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is typically not viewed as a dangerous condition in the medical community, however it can be painful and disrupt your quality of life quite substantially. Some of the most common symptoms of IBS include constipation, excessive gas, pain and abdominal cramping. IBS treatment can be difficult, and natural, integrative therapies are often used to produce the desired outcome.
If you are experiencing chronic stomach pain and continually take NSAIDs (such as Aleve or Aspirin) to try and alleviate the pain, you should consider seeing a doctor immediately. NSAIDs can actually make peptic ulcers worse, yet many people are unaware they have a peptic ulcer, and thus the vicious cycle of treating pain with a medication that actually makes it worse continues.
Most gallstones do not require treatment, but when an attack caused by gallstones occurs, the onset is typically quick and causes severe pain. Gallstones are primarily comprised of bile salts and cholesterol, and are thought to be caused by a lack of fiber and the abundance of unhealthy food choices that are typically in the average American’s diet.
Celiac disorder is present in approximately 1% of the U.S population, and is characterized by the inability to eat gluten without experiencing problems within the small intestine. Some symptoms of Celiac Disease are chronic diarrhea, bloating, and fatty stool.
Call us to Discuss Your Digestive and Intestinal Treatment Options
The information above is simply meant to present you with the common signs and symptoms associated with these common intestinal disorders, and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis. If you are consistently experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important that you contact your primary care physician, or call Progressive Medical Center (with locations in Dunwoody and Peachtree City, Ga.) to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.
We look forward to seeing you, and helping you find relief for your digestive issues.