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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Colitis: What’s the Difference?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Colitis: What’s the Difference?

by Rismary Cabrera
Irritable Bowell Syndrome or IBS is much less serious than colitis. The main difference between IBS and ulcerative colitis is the amount of damage done to the bowel. Both colitis and IBS can present with pain, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea, IBS is caused by muscular contractions along the bowel. Although irritable bowel syndrome is not dangerous, it can be bothersome and painful.

Why Food Causes Heartburn

Why Food Causes Heartburn

by Shearly (SU)
Heartburn can sometimes manifest itself after a heavy meal. You may have finished a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, your favorite, and you feel the all-too-familiar pain in your chest that shows up after a particularly greasy or heavy meal. Normally, it’s not a cause for concern, but when it happens too often, it could be a sign of another issue.

How to Prepare for Your Colonoscopy

How to Prepare for Your Colonoscopy

by Shearly (SU)
A colonoscopy is an exam of your entire colon, a colonoscopy allows your doctor to look at the lining of your intestines which helps to diagnose ulcers, polyps, tumors, and other areas of inflammation. During a colonoscopy, your doctor will insert a thin flexible tube with a camera attached into your intestine so that your doctor is able to see any abnormalities in the lining. Your doctor is also able to remove sample tissue to test for any diseases. To prepare for your colonoscopy, it is important to do the following:

Dysphagia: What is it? How Do You Treat It?

Dysphagia: What is it? How Do You Treat It?

by Shearly (SU)
Dysphagia is a disease that makes swallowing difficult. It may take more time and effort to move food or liquids from your mouth to your stomach. Sometimes, swallowing may actually become impossible. Occasional dysphagia may be caused by eating too fast or not chewing correctly, this type of dysphagia isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, if this occurs more and more often, or if swallowing becomes painful you may have a more severe type of dysphagia.

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by Simone Bueno (SU)
Anne Arundel Gastroenterologists Associates, PA is excited to bring you the latest information about research and advancements in gastroenterology. This blog will also be used to post updates about our practice and keep in touch with our patients.

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