If you are having unusual symptoms, you can look for a Consultant Gastroenterologist or a digestion specialist for a variety of reasons. While many people think of a gastroenterologist as just a stomach doctor, bear in mind that these doctors can help with a wide variety of conditions. A gastroenterologist can assist with symptoms that affect your oesophagus all the way down to your rectum.
So, how can a gastroenterologist assist you? Consider the symptoms and how you can seek medical attention.
Author: Dr. Sarmed Sami MBChB, MRCP, PGCME, PhD
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Founder and Director of Digestive Health UK.
You’re suffering from constipation.
Constipation is described as having less than three bowel movements per week. If you have constipation, it may be a sign that you have a severe digestive problem. Constipation is most common in the elderly, those who are dehydrated, and those who eat low-fiber diets.
You’re suffering from diarrhoea.
Diarrhea is the polar opposite of constipation, characterised by an excess of non-solid bowel movements. This, too, may be a sign of a digestive problem. When you use the toilet, you can experience stomach cramps or notice watery stools. It’s important to remember that, while normal, diarrhoea on a regular basis could suggest a more severe underlying condition.
You think you’ve got gallstones.
Gallstones, or a hardened accumulation of the digestive fluid that breaks down your food, may be the source of your stomach pain. The pain can last for hours at a time, but most people who have experienced it say it comes on quickly and intensely. If the pain is serious on a regular basis, you should see a gastroenterologist because your gallbladder will need to be removed.
To make an appointment for a colonoscopy
You don’t have to be experiencing any symptoms to see a gastroenterologist! A gastroenterologist will also help you keep track of your colonoscopy tests, which should be performed every 5-10 years if you’re over 50.
You think you’ve got an ulcer.
Burning stomach pain is a symptom of an ulcer, also known as open sores in the stomach and intestine. Basically, the acid that will break down the food is what causes you pain while you eat. It’s time to see a doctor if antacids aren’t working.
Bloating is a product of your eating habits.
If you’re always bloated after eating, or even experiencing discomfort, it’s possible that it’s due to something in your diet. When you drink milk, do you get a stomachache? A gastroenterologist will be able to determine the source of the problem.
If you see any of these signs, you must contact a doctor and enjoy living a healthy life without any hassles.