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Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17w755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oak Brook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He welcomes new patients. Dr. Tilwalli obtained his medical school training at Shivaji University and performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Tara Elizabeth Jackson, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N Neltnor Boulevard; Suite 120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tara Doman specializes in general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doman include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Doman completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Doman's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Julian H Tang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Julian Tang is a physician who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. These areas are among Dr. Tang's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Tang welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Timothy R Wall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Wall's area of specialization is general pediatrics. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: dermatitis (skin inflammation), nutrition counseling, and adolescent issues. Dr. Wall is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Wall is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Wall is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Nancy Thomas Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Thomas sees patients in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include abuse, newborn care, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Laura Marie Uselding, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Uselding is a pediatrician in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Uselding performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uselding include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Uselding's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jihad Izzat Shoshara, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jihad Shoshara practices general pediatrics. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Shoshara accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shoshara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Linda C Hamilton, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltner; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Linda Hamilton sees patients in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Hamilton's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamilton is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shelly Flais is a general pediatrician. Dr. Flais's clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Flais is accepting new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jerome O Gronli, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jerome Gronli works as a pediatrician in Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, and West Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Gronli attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gronli's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Sofia Shakir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sofia Shakir's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Shakir honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shakir welcomes new patients. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Shakir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Rebecca Kathryn Smeraglinolo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Smeraglinolo is a pediatrician in Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, and West Chicago, IL. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smeraglinolo include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Smeraglinolo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Smeraglinolo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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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