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Dr. M. Sirajul Siraj Ul Islam, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. M. Islam, who practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Islam attended medical school at Dhaka Medical College. He completed his residency training at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Islam (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, indigestion, achalasia, colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, heartburn, esophageal ulcer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hemorrhoidectomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shams S.M. Tabrez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Shams Tabrez practices adult gastroenterology in Apopka, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Kissimmee, FL. Dr. Tabrez's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tabrez takes. He is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College. Dr. Tabrez's residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, stomach problems, esophageal ulcer, Crohn's disease, small intestine disorders, malabsorption, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Anoscopy, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Esophageal Ulcer, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Fleites sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL and Orlando, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Fleites trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, indigestion, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, esophageal ulcer, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Antonio J Ramirez, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Ramirez practices general surgery in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Ramirez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Peninsula Hospital Center, Dr. Ramirez attended medical school at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Filipino. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, pancreatic cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Lymphadenectomy, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Alka M Arora, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Alka Arora works as a hematologist and oncologist in Orlando, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Ocoee, FL. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After attending Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Arora accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah works as an internist in Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad A Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Hizkil's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Dr. Hizkil's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Vijayvargiya honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and then she performed her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Stem ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya is a hematologist and adult oncologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Otoya takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Otoya attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. His residency was performed at St. Francis Hospital. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Otoya is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2920 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Chung's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma

Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed is an adult infectious disease specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Ahmed's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Orlando, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bone marrow biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He studied medicine at Santo Domingo Institute of Technology. For his residency, Dr. Hernandez trained at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez honors.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Fuad H Shahin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Fuad Shahin works as a general surgeon. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of New York Methodist Hospital's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shahin speaks Arabic. Dr. Shahin is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, anal fissures, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Anoscopy, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Lymphadenectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Napoleon N Estrada, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Napoleon Estrada specializes in general surgery. He speaks Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Estrada is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. For his professional training, Dr. Estrada completed a residency program at New York Downtown Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, anal cancer, anal fissures, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess, appendicitis

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Lymphadenectomy, Incisional ... (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.

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