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What Causes GERD Symptoms? Sep 4th, 2020

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is acid reflux – but so much more. You may experience the uncomfortable burning and sour taste of acid reflux on occasion after a rich meal, but GERD is chronic. You experience a burning sensation in your chest and other symptoms at least two times per...

IBS and Anxiety: How Are They Linked? Aug 18th, 2020

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you’re all too familiar with the abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea and/or constipation. You also know there are times when these symptoms flare up and times when they all but resolve. Anxiety definitely has a role in aggravating IBS. Researchers aren’t entirely...

When to See a Doctor About Abdominal Pain Jul 22nd, 2020

It’s likely that you or a loved one will suffer abdominal pain at some point (or many points) during your life. Usually, you know what caused it. Maybe there’s a bug going around the office or you ate something that didn’t agree with you. In some cases, however, abdominal pain...

8 Tips for Helping Kids Cope with Celiac Disease Jun 18th, 2020

Celiac disease is not an allergy. It’s an autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten – a protein found in wheat but also in barley and rye. Thousands of kids have celiac disease – about 1 in every 100 – making it a common condition that can cause serious...

Link Between Obesity and Hemorrhoids May 29th, 2020

If you have hemorrhoids, you’re all too familiar with the pain, itching, and rectal bleeding, they cause. Both men and women can develop these uncomfortable swollen veins in the lower rectum that make bowel movements painful. You may see or feel hemorrhoids on the outside of the anus, but sometimes...

Tips on How to Handle Irritable Bowel Syndrome Apr 21st, 2020

Irritable bowel syndrome affects 25-45 million Americans. If you’re among them, you know the frustration and challenge that the varying symptoms cause. You may experience very mild inconvenience some days, with bloating and cramps, to extremely debilitating symptoms that include disabling constipation and/or diarrhea. Living with IBS can interfere with...

Chronic Constipation: Complications to Avoid Mar 2nd, 2020

Nobody enjoys being constipated, but sometimes it happens due to stress, dietary changes, surgery, or medications. When constipation lingers for several weeks, however, it can cause side effects that can seriously interfere with your quality of life. At Digestive Disorders Associates, we help you establish lifestyle habits that prevent constipation...

The Best Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis Feb 1st, 2020

Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine. It occurs when your immune system goes haywire and causes inflammation and tiny, open sores called ulcers to appear in this area of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A diagnosis of an inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis may leave you with lots of questions...

Food Triggers and IBS Jan 4th, 2020

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a frustrating diagnosis that as many as 45 million Americans deal with. The condition causes belly pain and cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, and gas – all of which can be hard to manage.  While stress, medications, and monthly periods can be major triggers,...

Common Triggers for Acid Reflux Dec 1st, 2019

An occasional bout of acid reflux is common and usually nothing to be concerned about. However, if you have frequent reflux, it may be a more chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You recognize GERD when you experience the frequent flow-back of stomach acid into your esophagus. Symptoms of...

Prepping for Your First Colonoscopy Nov 1st, 2019

A colonoscopy probably won’t be your favorite procedure ever, but it can save your life. Colorectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer affecting men and women in the United States. It’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to...

Myths and Facts About Celiac Disease Oct 1st, 2019

People with celiac disease have digestive symptoms that may see similar to inflammatory bowel disease or even irritable bowel syndrome. But celiac is its own condition that occurs when your immune system sees gluten -- a protein found in wheat, rye and barley -- as the enemy.  If you have...

How Do I Know if I Have Hemorrhoids? Sep 4th, 2019

As many as half of adults get hemorrhoids at some point before the age of 50. How do you know if you’re among them? These swollen veins right around your anus or lower rectum cause pain and itching. Sometimes they bleed. The severity of symptoms varies from mild and temporary...

Understanding the Different Types of Hepatitis Aug 2nd, 2019

Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus that attacks the organ. Hepatitis is not one illness, but a set of several different types labeled as A, B, C, D, E, and possibly G. Hepatitis types A, B, and C are the most common. Read...

What's the Difference Between Crohn's Disease and IBS? Jul 3rd, 2019

You have unusual bowel movements or diarrhea, excess gas and abdominal pain, and just find you can’t tolerate certain foods. You know something is wrong with your gut, but aren’t sure it’s IBD or IBS. While the acronyms are similar, they are two very different conditions. Inflammatory bowel disease, IBD,...

Why It's Important to Get Vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B Jun 1st, 2019

In the last 20 years, the cases of hepatitis A and B have decreased by 90% and 80% respectively, largely due to the availability and effectiveness of vaccines. Reduce your risk of contracting the disease, which can be spread from person to person, by getting vaccinated today. At Digestive Disorders...

When You Should Seek Medical Attention for Your Constipation May 1st, 2019

Constipation is always uncomfortable, but it usually resolves on its own in a few days or with the help of over-the-counter laxatives. Your concern rises, though, when constipation becomes a long-term problem that affects you every day. Consider seeking help from the team here at Digestive Disorders Associates if you...

Unexplained Weight Loss? Radiating Back Pain? Vomiting? It Could Be Pancreatitis Apr 2nd, 2019

You’ve got symptoms such as back pain, vomiting, and weight loss. You know something’s wrong, but you may not immediately think it’s your pancreas. When you come in to see us at Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Maryland, we’ll examine you, assess your symptoms, and check your pancreas for inflammation....

What Is Barrett's Esophagus and What Are the Treatment Options? Mar 6th, 2019

If you have GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach acid washes up into your esophagus – the tube which carries food from the mouth to the stomach. You’re familiar with the unpleasant symptoms of a burning throat and heartburn. GERD is bad enough, but it can cause serious...

Crohn's Disease: How Dietary Guidance Plays a Role in Finding Relief Feb 1st, 2019

How you eat when you have Crohn’s disease can make all the difference in how you feel. Certain foods can trigger or worsen your symptoms, which can include frequent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, low energy, and unexplained weight loss. Crohn’s disease affects your entire gastrointestinal system from the mouth...

The Latest Treatments for Celiac Disease Jan 9th, 2019

When you have celiac disease, consuming gluten causes your body to attack the small projections called villi along your intestinal wall. When your intestinal villi are damaged, it affects your ability to absorb nutrients and can cause long-term health complications including anemia, infertility, peripheral neuropathy, and colitis. Currently the only...

Holiday Travel Tips for Patients with IBS Dec 6th, 2018

Irritable bowel syndrome can strike with diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating. But just because these uncomfortable symptoms are a very real possibility, you don’t have to skip traveling to visit family and friends during the holidays. The key to traveling successfully with IBS is to be prepared. Plan for possible...

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Acid Reflux Nov 21st, 2018

Approximately 20% of people in the United States suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- which is a more serious form of reflux that happens more than a couple of times a week. You experience reflux when the contents of your stomach, including food, acid, and bile,...

Could You Have Fatty Liver Disease? Learn the Symptoms Oct 31st, 2018

Is your liver overweight? Fatty liver disease, once seldom seen except in heavy drinkers, has become an increasingly common problem in the 21st century. As many as one in three people may develop the disease, and the risk goes up if you have type 2 diabetes. But what is fatty liver disease, and...

Why You Should Never Ignore Blood in Your Stool Sep 6th, 2018

It's perfectly normal to feel concerned if you spot blood in your stool or on the toilet paper after wiping. Bloody stool isn't a normal occurrence and should be evaluated immediately. Whether you notice a faint red streak or dark blood in your stool, it can be a sign that...