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Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

by Shearly (SU)
Did you know that about one in 13 Americans – more than 25 million – are affected by gallbladder disease? The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located just below your liver whose purpose is to store bile. You see, your liver produces bile, a substance that enables your body to break down and absorb fats. Your gallbladder stores excess bile and releases it when you eat a meal containing fats that need to be digested.

Surprising Causes of Constipation

Surprising Causes of Constipation

by Shearly (SU)
There are few things more frustrating than being unable to have a normal bowel movement. Constipation can be very uncomfortable, causing hard stools that are difficult and painful to pass.

why would I need an upper endoscopy?

why would I need an upper endoscopy?

by Shearly (SU)
Abdominal or chest pain, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing – these are just some of the symptoms that call for the expert diagnosis of a gastroenterologist. But if your doctor recommends an upper endoscopy, you may find yourself asking: what is it and why do I need it?

Can Probiotics Relieve My IBS?

Can Probiotics Relieve My IBS?

by Shearly (SU)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) isn’t just one of the most common intestinal disorders, it’s also one of the hardest to treat effectively. It’s not as if there’s a magical pill that’ll make the gut-wrenching symptoms of IBS – abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation and/or diarrhea – simply go away. At best, some medications relieve some of the symptoms for some people.

Is it Acid Reflux or GERD?

Is it Acid Reflux or GERD?

by Shearly (SU)
In the world of digestive disorders, acid reflux, heartburn and GERD are often used interchangeably, leading to confusion among them.

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