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We found 43 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Weston, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. The average patient rating for Dr. Lara is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. His distinctions include: National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. Dr. Lara speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) stricture, esophageal stricture (narrowing), hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Clevaland Clinic Florida Department of Gastroenterology
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ronnie Pimentel practices adult gastroenterology in Weston, FL. Patients rated Dr. Pimentel highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pimentel include esophageal varices, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Pimentel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. He has received the following distinction: Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship. In addition to English, Dr. Pimentel speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal (GI) stricture, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Pyloric ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider works as a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 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. Schneider honors. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schneider trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, gastrointestinal motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Castro speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Castro is an in-network provider for 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, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Roger Charles' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. Dr. Charles is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Charles is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, Crohn's disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Palekar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Palekar is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Dr. Palekar attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Ukleja, who practices in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Medical University of Lodz and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Ukleja is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ukleja honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Ltd. Peer Nomination). Dr. Ukleja speaks Polish. Dr. Ukleja is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Primary Office
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Zervos's clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Broward Health Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Zervos studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Zervos (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

Dr. Alejandro Perez, DO
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alejandro Perez's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez takes. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Perez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Guillermo Davila practices general obstetrics & gynecology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davila include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and vaginal prolapse. Dr. Davila 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 attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Davila has received distinctions including Cleveland Clinic Foundation - 6th Annual Innovator Award; "Excellence in Health Care Award" - South Florida Business Journal, Innovator Category; and "Mentor of the Year" ACOG District VII. Dr. Davila (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Davila is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Urodynamic Testing, Urogynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Primary Office
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tzakis's medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tzakis include: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Tzakis speaks Greek. Dr. Tzakis's professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weiss' area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Weiss's areas of expertise include the following: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weiss is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, anal fissures, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Department of Gyn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Eric Hurtado's areas of expertise include sacral nerve stimulation (SNS), urodynamic testing, and rectocele (posterior prolapse). Dr. Hurtado accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Hurtado speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Urodynamic Testing, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Interstitial Cystitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dalia McCoy practices family medicine in Weston, FL. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. McCoy's clinical interests: warts, acne, and colorectal cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCoy accepts. Dr. McCoy is a graduate of Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McCoy completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cellulitis, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Cancer, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Michael Medina practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Medina attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Medina include hemifacial spasm, achalasia, and nasal congestion (stuffy nose). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Medina accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Medina (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, colon polyps, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nasal Congestion, Achalasia, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Steven Wexner's medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wexner include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and female incontinence. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Wexner attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wexner include: Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and South Florida Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (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.