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By GI Med Health
December 23, 2020
Category: GI Healthcare
Tags: Stomach Pain  
Stomach pain happens to most of us on occasion, whether caused by indigestion, overeating, cramping, illness or infection. While it usually dissipates on its own, stomach pain can affect your day in more ways than one, making eating unpleasant, daily tasks uncomfortable and nights sleepless.
 
Dr. Sushil Rattan at GI Med Health in Greenbelt can help you identify the cause of your stomach pain, and has tips for you for alleviating discomfort.
 
Overeating or indigestion
 
If you have overindulged at a meal or are suffering side effects from spicy or acidic foods, trying an over-the-counter anti-bloating or antacid can help diminish your discomfort. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly for the rest of the day to give your stomach time to settle.
 
Constipation
 
Constipation can leave you feeling uncomfortably full, bloated or cause pain across the abdomen. If you find yourself constipated for several days at a time, ask your doctor at our Greenbelt office if a stool softener or laxative can help. Staying hydrated and eating fiber rich foods can also help with having regular bowel movements.
 
Stomach pain ulcer
 
Stomach pain can also be the result of a bacterial infection or overuse of pain relievers. Ulcers require treatment from a gastroenterologist, with potential remedies including the use of proton pump inhibitor medications to reduce acid and assist healing, or a prescription for antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Your doctor at our Greenbelt office may also suggest a prescription antacid medication.
 
If you are experiencing intensive stomach pains, excessive bloating, vomiting, changes in bowel movements, unintended weight loss or a burning sensation, make sure to call our Greenbelt office.
 
Diet
 
If you find certain foods or drinks, such as dairy, citrus fruits or coffee cause you stomach pain, avoid consuming them or ask your doctor about taking an antacid or medication for lactose sensitivity in tandem. Make sure to chew your food thoroughly and limit especially fatty foods.
 
If stomach pain is affecting you, call GI Med Health in Greenbelt at  (301) 982-7900 today.
By GI Med Health
February 20, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology

Find out if the uncomfortable symptoms you are having are due to hemorrhoids and how your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist can help.

Do you notice pain or discomfort when passing bowel movements? Do you notice little specks of red blood when you wipe? While these are all issues that may feel a bit embarrassing to admit let alone talk about, these symptoms are often that of hemorrhoids, a common problem that isn’t serious. Find out more about hemorrhoids and when to see a GI doctor for help.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are inflamed or enlarged veins that develop either on the inside or outside of the rectum. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. If you have internal hemorrhoids then you may not even notice them. It’s external hemorrhoids that are the most common and can cause some minor but still unpleasant symptoms.

What are some symptoms of hemorrhoids?

If you have external hemorrhoids then you may notice discomfort during bowel movements. If they are really severe, you may have trouble sitting down without experiencing pain. Itching is also a common symptom associated with this condition. Luckily, hemorrhoids can easily be treated!

How are hemorrhoids treated? Should I see your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist?

In many cases, hemorrhoids don’t need any special treatment, and they can often just heal on their own. Of course, there are ways to manage your symptoms to make going to the bathroom a little easier. One at-home measure you can take is to soak in a sitz bath for about 10 minutes daily. The warm water can provide some welcomed relief from pain and itching.

Be gentle when wiping after bowel movements. Aggressive cleaning will end up having the opposite effect and can aggravate hemorrhoids. If you are dealing with swelling or discomfort that isn’t relieved with a sitz bath you can also try a cold compress to the area or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you aren’t experiencing relief from your at-home care after about one week, it’s a good idea to talk to a gastroenterologist who can determine whether you may need more aggressive treatment like a rubber band ligation procedure.

If your symptoms aren’t going away then it’s time to give your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist a call and see what we can do for you. GI problems happen to everyone, at some point or another. Just know we are here to help whenever you need it most.



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