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

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

Dr. Ricardo Crisostomo is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Celebration, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Kissimmee, FL. He is a graduate of Federal University of Bahia. For his professional training, Dr. Crisostomo completed a residency program at San Juan Municipal Hospital. Dr. Crisostomo honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Crisostomo speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct ... (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. Dr. Afzal is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Afzal attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame works as an internist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Frame is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Frame studied medicine at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Hurley Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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

Dr. Syed Ahmed specializes in adult infectious disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ahmed completed his residency training at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1300 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Adnan Akhtar's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Akhtar include bone marrow biopsy. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Akhtar honors. Dr. Akhtar is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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

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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.