We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1456 near Orlando, FL.
Dr. Rafael Fleites specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Saint Cloud, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Orlando, FL. Dr. Fleites is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, small intestine disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: * Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy * Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small ... (Read more)
Dr. Glenn Osterweil works as an acupuncturist and podiatrist in Orlando, FL, Clermont, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Osterweil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and cancer supportive care. His residency was performed at Genessee Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Biopuncture Pain Control, Addiction, Asthma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colds and Flu's, ... (Read more)
Dr. Steven Lester is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Lester's professional affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer
All Interests: Conditions treated: Adrenal Gland Cancer, Anal and Rectal Cancer, Anemia, Basal Cell ... (Read more)
Dr. Maneesh Gossain works as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Gossain is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer
All Interests: Conditions treated:Adrenal Gland Cancer, Anal and Rectal Cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Bladder ... (Read more)
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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.