If you are dealing with regular stomach upset, find out what might be going on.
Having an upset stomach every once in a while is just a part of life; however, if you have been dealing with regular stomach pains then it may be time to seek help. Our gastroenterologists, Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr. Stephen Fry at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area, are here to provide a little insight into what could be going on and when to pick up the phone and give them a call.
While you may not like to admit it, particularly if you are an ice cream lover, if you find that anytime you eat dairy you also experience an upset stomach then you could be suffering from lactose intolerance. One way to find out if this is the culprit is to avoid dairy for a couple weeks and see if your pains go away. Then start to incorporate cheese, milk and other dairy back into your diet to see if the pains return. If so, dairy might just be the problem.
Are you currently taking medications? Then this could be the cause of your sudden stomach irritation. Even minor over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can be a bit rough on your stomach. Even prescription antibiotics can be a little too harsh for your stomach. If this is the case, talk to one of our Kingsport GI doctors about how to minimize stomach pains related to the medications you are taking.
This condition causes little pouches of inflammation with the intestines, particularly the colon. Some people may have this condition but never develop symptoms while others may experience cramping or other stomach pains. If you think you may have diverticulitis then we advise you to come into our office for a check up. We may recommend for you to increase your fiber intake, which can often be enough to improve your symptoms.
This is one that may be a little more difficult to pinpoint, but stress can have a negative effect on someone’s body, from headaches to poor sleep to even trouble with your stomach. If you have been diagnosed with depression you may also find that you suffer from digestive upset here and there. By finding ways to manage your stress you can also help manage your gastrointestinal symptoms.
Don’t let stomach problems plague you. If you are experiencing any symptoms that are disconcerting, then it’s time to place a call to Tri-Cities Gastroenterology in Kingsport, TN, and serving the Tri-Cities area.
There are several possible causes of diarrhea. For people with occasional, short-term cases of diarrhea, dietary factors are often the cause. In other cases, diarrhea can be caused by an infection or a medical condition. Diarrhea often goes away on its own within a few days. However, for serious cases in which diarrhea persists for a prolonged period of time, it is important to see a doctor. Dr. Jeffrey Fenyves and Dr. Stephen Fry, the gastroenterologists at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology, treat persistent diarrhea in the Tri-Cities area.
Causes of Diarrhea
For many individuals, dietary factors are usually to blame for the onset of diarrhea. For instance, foods that are spicy, fatty or fried can also cause diarrhea in some people. Dairy products, such as milk, eggs and cheese, can also cause diarrhea in individuals who are sensitive to the lactose in dairy. Other food items that can cause diarrhea include those containing gluten, sugar or caffeine. If you notice that certain foods often cause you to experience diarrhea after consuming them, try limiting or avoiding these foods in your diet.
Other possible causes of diarrhea include an infection or a specific medical condition. An infection could be the result of food poisoning or another illness with one of the symptoms being diarrhea. Medical conditions that are often associated with frequent cases of diarrhea include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and hyperthyroidism. Some types of cancer can also cause diarrhea. Whether caused by an infection or a medical condition, the diarrhea is a symptom of a larger health problem and should be treated by a gastroenterologist.
How a Gastroenterologist Can Help
As mentioned, diarrhea that is caused by a medical condition or an infection should be treated by a doctor. Additionally, if you have had persistent diarrhea for several days or chronic diarrhea that comes back regularly, then you should see a doctor. It is also important to seek medical assistance if diarrhea occurs in conjunction with other serious symptoms, such as a high fever. See a doctor at Tri-Cities Gastroenterology if the diarrhea is accompanied by any of these other symptoms:
- A high fever of 102 degrees or higher
- Diarrhea that has persisted for three or more days straight
- Dehydration — Characterized by a dry mouth, feeling dizzy or lightheaded and infrequent urination.
- Severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
- Bloody stools
There are several possible causes of diarrhea. Dietary causes can usually be managed by avoiding foods that are most likely to trigger it. For cases of diarrhea that are persistent, caused by an infection or associated with a medical condition, it is best to see a gastroenterologist for treatment. For treatment of diarrhea in the Tri-Cities area, contact Tri-Cities Gastroenterology to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fenyves or Dr. Fry by calling (423) 279-1400.
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