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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Wellington, FL.

Dr. Farrukh Saeed MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
876 S Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
(813) 653-3359

Dr. Farrukh Saeed is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Before completing his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Cabrini Medical Center, Dr. Saeed attended medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College. Dr. Saeed's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, gallbladder problems, and ulcerative colitis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Saeed is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Saeed (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Liver and Gall Bladder Disorders, Colon Cancer, Ulcers, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
205 South Moon; Suite 103
Brandon, FL
(813) 870-4438; (813) 324-2613

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastritis, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, encopresis, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: The following procedures are performed: capsule endoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopy upper and lower ... (Read more)

Dr. Farooque Dastgir MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
876 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
(813) 653-3359

Dr. Farooque Dastgir specializes in adult gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Shands HealthCare's residency program. Dr. Dastgir accepts 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: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: GERD, GI problems, Bowel Disorders, Colon Cancer, General gastroenterology procedures and conditions

Evan Kenneth Tummel MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), General Surgery
602 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
(813) 530-4944; (813) 534-4944

Dr. Evan Tummel is a general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. He is especially interested in breast cancer surgery. Dr. Tummel is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He 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: , esophageal cancer, liver cancer

All Interests: Breast Oncology Surgery, Dr. Tummel treats: Breast Cancer Esophageal Cancer Liver Cancer Pleural ... (Read more)

Drew Alan Rideout MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
855 Parsons Avenue South
Brandon, FL

Dr. Drew Rideout specializes in pediatric surgery. Dr. Rideout studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For Dr. Rideout's residency, Dr. Rideout trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Rideout 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. Dr. Rideout is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: ACE Procedure Appendectomy Bronchoscopy Central venous port and catheter ... (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.