We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Portsmouth, RI.
Dr. Lisa Mueller is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Providence, RI, East Greenwich, RI, and Portsmouth, RI. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mueller is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Mueller attended medical school at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. Her training includes residency programs at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Elected Chief Medical Resident; Knight-Steel Award For Excellence In; and Geriatric Clinic Medicine.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders
All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
Dr. Peter Margolis sees patients in Providence, RI, East Greenwich, RI, and Portsmouth, RI. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Margolis focuses on inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Patient ratings for Dr. Margolis average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Margolis attended Penn State College of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Paul Akerman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Akerman's clinical interests: stomach cancer and acid reflux (GERD). Patient ratings for Dr. Akerman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Akerman is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Acid Reflux, Stomach Cancer
Dr. Sheldon Lidofsky is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Lidofsky graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jacobi Medical Center. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Lidofsky's hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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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.