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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept EmblemHealth near Kissimmee, FL.

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Dr. Ricardo Herrarte Crisostomo, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
201 Hilda Street; Suite 33
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Crisostomo's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He attended Federal University of Bahia and then went on to complete his residency at San Juan Municipal Hospital. Dr. Crisostomo is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Crisostomo's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, MRI, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Bone Marrow Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajaz Afzal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1032 Mann Street; Oak Medical Plaza 1
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ajaz Afzal's specialty is general internal medicine. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, Dr. Afzal completed his residency training at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward L J Frame, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame practices general internal medicine in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frame is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Frame attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frame takes.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adnan Akhtar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1300 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Adnan Akhtar practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Akhtar is especially interested in bone marrow biopsy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Rawalpindi Medical College. Dr. Akhtar trained at Westchester Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Postpartum, Vulvar Cancer, Brain Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1504 Village Oak Lane; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed, who practices in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Dr. Ahmed's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (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.