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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Norwich, CT.

Dr. You Sung Sang, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology
105 Wawecus Street; Suite 1
Norwich, CT

Dr. You Sung Sang practices adult gastroenterology. He takes Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Sang completed his residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Dr. Sang has received the following distinction: Top Docs in Connecticut Magazine. He is affiliated with The William H. Backus Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Hepatitis B, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Susan Y Kim, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
330 Washington Street; Suite 110
Norwich, CT

Dr. Susan Kim's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Korean. Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Hartford Hospital, and The William H. Backus Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Breast Cancer

Dr. Mario Winn Katigbak, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
330 Washington Street; Suite 520
Norwich, CT

Dr. Mario Katigbak, who practices in Hartford, CT, Glastonbury, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital and The William H. Backus Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Katigbak trained at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagectomy, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Heart Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Marie Antointeet Healy, MSOM
Specializes in Acupuncture
46 Norwich - Lebanon Road
Bozrah, CT

Ms. Marie Healy's area of specialization is acupuncture. Areas of expertise for Ms. Healy include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Infertility, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, Sports Health, Headache, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.