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Who Is at Risk for Colon Cancer? Feb 2nd, 2021

Colon cancer does not initially cause noticeable symptoms, and a malignant tumor in your bowels grows slowly. When there are signs of colon cancer, they’re often unspecific. This is one of the reasons colon cancer is sometimes recognized too late. Colon cancer usually starts from the intestinal mucosa cells, which...

How To Ease Hemorrhoid Pain Jan 6th, 2021

An estimated 75% of Americans will get hemorrhoids during their lifetimes. It’s an extremely common problem, but the embarrassment surrounding the condition keeps many people from seeking the treatment they need. Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins located in or around your anus. Common signs of hemorrhoids include bleeding with bowel movements,...

Anxiety and IBS Are Connected: Here’s How Dec 1st, 2020

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about 12% of United States adults. This chronic disorder of the large intestine appears twice as frequently in women as in men, and it’s most common in people under 50-years-old.  Doctors don’t know the exact cause of IBS, but they do know it affects the...

5 Common Causes of Abdominal Pain Nov 11th, 2020

Are you concerned about your abdominal pain? Most people experience abdominal pain at some point. However, if you’re experiencing persistent abdominal pain, you may need medical attention, as there are many vital organs in the abdominal area.  We asked our experts at GI Physicians Inc to share the five most...

Lifestyle Habits that Fuel Constipation Oct 1st, 2020

If your stools are hard or lumpy, and if you struggle to have even these unpleasant bowel movements, you may be suffering from constipation. Relax. That can help, and so can changing lifestyle habits that fuel constipation. Dr. Ven Kottapallil of GI Physicians Inc in Lima, Ohio, can coach you...

The Many Ways Acid Reflux Can Negatively Impact Your Life Sep 6th, 2020

If you suffer from acid reflux, you know how much it can disrupt your life, to the point that it makes you downright anxious and brings you down emotionally.  You don’t have to “grin and bear it,” especially if the condition morphs into gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is when...

How an Endoscopy Works to Help Your Doctor Diagnose Your Gastrointestinal Condition Aug 20th, 2020

An endoscope is a long flexible tube with a camera and a light affixed to it. It’s used to examine your internal organs without the need for a big incision. When an endoscope is used, the procedure is called an endoscopy.  Dr. Ven Kottapalli at GI Physicians, Inc. has performed...

Who Needs a Colonoscopy? Jul 9th, 2020

Virtually everyone needs to start having colonoscopies at some point. The safe and routine exploratory exam allows your doctor to detect abnormalities or changes in your colon and rectum. In addition to other benefits, colonoscopies have made colorectal cancer one of the most preventable forms of cancer. This is especially...

Are Hemorrhoids Normal? Jun 3rd, 2020

Hemorrhoids are a normal part of your anatomy, vessels that move blood to and from the anus. Normally, they cause no problems. It’s only when issues occur that “hemorrhoid” refers to a medical issue. Nearly 75% of American adults experience hemorrhoids at some point. They may be an occasional problem,...

Common Triggers for Acid Reflux May 19th, 2020

Acid reflux. You may know it as heartburn and an occasional annoyance when you overindulge in certain food or drink. You’re not alone, since about one in five people have the same problem. However, for about one-third of that group, it's chronic and much more frequent. When you have acid...

Constipation? Abdominal pain? It Could Be Irritable Bowel Syndrome Apr 10th, 2020

Virtually everyone experiences digestive disorders from time to time, usually brought on by illness or change of diet. Gas, cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea happen occasionally, then the cause of the problem passes and so does your gastrointestinal distress. When you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however, these symptoms recur...

What Every Adult Over 50 Should Know About Colon Cancer Mar 19th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 50 years of age or older start screening for colon cancer. The reason is simple. This age group accounts for about 90% of all new colorectal cancer diagnoses. As with many conditions and cancers, early discovery leads to the best...

When You Should See a Doctor About Constipation Feb 3rd, 2020

Constipation is so uncomfortable. You feel blocked and bloated, and even gassy and crampy. You strain to pass a lumpy, hard stool. Everyone suffers from constipation sometimes. But when the condition doesn’t resolve, or it becomes chronic, it’s time for professional help. Our medical team at GI Physicians Inc. wants...