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By GASTROINTESTINAL ASSOCIATES, INC.
March 16, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is a common complaint that can be caused by anything from a virus to lactose intolerance to appendicitis. The abdominal paingastroenterologists at the Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH, share information on several common causes of the pain and explain when you should call the doctor.

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)

GERD occurs when strong stomach acids flow into your esophagus, irritating the sensitive lining. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, but everyone who has heartburn doesn't necessarily have heartburn. If you experience heartburn at least two times per week or severe heartburn at least once a week, you may have the disorder. Other GERD symptoms include bad breath, nausea, hoarseness, cough, belching, difficulty swallowing, asthma, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance affects 65 percent of the world's population, according to Genetics Home Reference. Nausea, cramping, bloating, gas and diarrhea, and other symptoms occur because you can't digest lactose, a sugar present in dairy products.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome can cause cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation. Symptoms often occur suddenly, spurring a mad dash to the restroom. You may be more likely to develop IBS if you're female, had a severe gastrointestinal infection or experienced traumatic events in the past.

Gallstones

Gallstones can cause severe pain in the center or upper right portion of your abdomen. Other symptoms include pain between the shoulder blades or in the right shoulder, nausea, and vomiting. You may be at increased risk of developing gallstones if you're female, 40 or older, overweight, have diabetes or regularly eat foods high in cholesterol or fats.

Inflammatory bowel disorders

Inflammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, not only cause abdominal pain and unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms but may also damage your digestive tract. Symptoms of the disorders can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, weight loss, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

When should I see a gastroenterologist?

Schedule an appointment with our Lima office if you experience abdominal pain that worsens or lasts more than a week, whether it's constant or intermittent. A visit is also a good idea if any of these symptoms occur in addition to pain:

  • Frequent heartburn
  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Difficulty controlling bowel movements or a change in your habits
  • Excessive belching or gas
  • Appetite loss or unintentional weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Joint pain

If you experience severe pain, especially if it's accompanied by a fever, make a trip to the emergency room.

Don't ignore your abdominal pain. Schedule a visit with the gastroenterologists at Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH, by calling (419) 227-8209.

By GASTROINTESTINAL ASSOCIATES, INC.
July 14, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Find out what could be causing your abdominal distress and how to handle it.stomache pain

Dealing with abdominal pain is not only uncomfortable but it can be rather disconcerting as well. There are so many things that can lead to this discomfort that it’s nearly impossible to be able to tell what’s going on unless you visit one of our Lima, OH, gastroenterologists for answers. If you are currently dealing with abdominal pain, here is what might be causing it and when you should come in for a checkup.

  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Food allergies (e.g. celiac disease)
  • Food poisoning
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Gastritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Parasite
  • Endometriosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Hernia
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Gallstones

There are many organs that make up the abdomen including the stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, gallbladder, and colon, so any of these organs could be in distress and causing you discomfort. Abdominal pain doesn’t always present the same way for everyone. You may only have minor discomfort while others may be in severe pain that makes it impossible to even stand up or move around.

If your abdominal pain lasts more than a day, this is probably your body trying to tell you that there is something more going on, whether it’s an infection or disorder. If you are dealing with severe abdominal pain, if you have a swelling in the abdomen, or if your abdominal pain is also accompanied by nausea, vomiting or fever, then it’s time to schedule an appointment at our Lima office right away.

If your symptoms persist for a few days then this is also a good time to give us a call. To ease your symptoms you may think it’s a good idea to take a painkiller, but these medications should be avoided, as they can sometimes make abdominal issues worse.

Gastrointestinal Associates in Lima, OH, is dedicated to providing you with the very best medical care possible. Whether you are dealing with abdominal pain or you need to schedule your routine colonoscopy, we are here to meet your needs.

By Gastrointestinal Associates, Inc.
September 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain that shows up out of the blue can seem rather alarming. Let our Lima gastroenterologists help you figure out what’s going on.

Abdominal pain can be disconcerting, especially if it seems to have come about out of nowhere. Whether your pain is severe or you’ve abdominal painbeen battling abdominal pain for a while and just don’t know the cause, our Lima, OH GI team is here to help.

Some of the more common causes of abdominal pain include:

  • Indigestion and gas
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Gallstones or kidney stones
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Ovarian cyst, inflammation or torsion
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastritis
  • Appendicitis
  • Food poisoning
  • Hernia
  • Gluten or lactose intolerant

Abdominal pain may be acute and appear suddenly or your symptoms may be chronic and last a while. While your pain may be alarming, not all abdominal pain is serious. Knowing the location, duration, pattern and other factors can help us determine the cause of your abdominal pain.

When should I visit a Lima, OH gastroenterologist?

It’s time you came into our office for care if you are experiencing any of the problems below:

  • Abdominal pain that gets progressively worse
  • Pain lasting more than six hours
  • Severe pain
  • Pain after eating or whenever you stop eating
  • Pain accompanied by vomiting
  • Abdominal pain when pregnant
  • Pain that gets worse when moving around
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • Pain and vaginal bleeding when pregnant
  • Pain and the inability to urinate or pass gas
  • Pain that just feels different or concerning

When it comes to seeking treatment it’s always best to play it smart and see us if you have any concerns about your symptoms. Your health is of the utmost importance and we are here to provide you with the care you need.

The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima OH is here to tackle all of your GI problems, from abdominal pain to indigestion. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment. Don’t ignore abdominal pain; face the problem head on. We’re here for you!

By THE ENDOSCOPY CENTER OF WEST CENTRAL OHIO
February 02, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Find out what could be causing your abdominal pain and when to get medical attention.

Whether you’ve been dealing with abdominal pain for a couple days or it just started, this symptom can be a bit unnerving. Fortunately, abdominal painour Lima, OH gastroenterologists are here at he Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio to make sure that you get the care you need to alleviate your symptoms and start feeling better quickly. Discover what could be causing your problems and what symptoms signal a trip to our office.

What exactly is abdominal pain?

People use the symptom abdominal pain to describe discomfort coming from many different organs--the intestines, the gallbladder, the stomach and the appendix. Generally, abdominal pain is pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic region. The pain also feels different for everyone, with some describing it as dull or cramps, while others may experience sharp, severe pain.

What could be causing my abdominal pain?

Since there are countless causes for this discomfort, the only way to truly determine the cause of your pain is to get it checked out by one of our Lima gastroenterologists.

Viral, parasitic, or bacterial infections can affect the organs in the abdominal region, causing discomfort and pain. There may also be changes to your digestion, including diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

Inflammation or diseases that affect abdominal organs can also cause pain. These organs include:

  • Kidneys
  • Appendix
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Gallbladder
  • Small and large intestines

Other abdominal pain causes include:

  • Gastroenteritis (sometimes called the stomach flu)
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Stress
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Kidney infection
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, it’s important that you see us right away as it could be a serious health issue such as:

  • A ruptured organ
  • Kidney stones or gallstones
  • A kidney infection

Let the Lima, OH expert GI team at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio care for all of your intestinal-related issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

By The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio
July 30, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Welcome to the Blog of The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio

The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about gastroenterology and our practice.

At The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding the health of their digestive system.  Our blog was designed to provide you with the latest gastroenterology developments and valuable health advice from our dedicated team. 

The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper digestive health care and treatments.

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