We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Gold Compass Balanced 500 near The Woodlands, TX.
Dr. Atif Shahzad is an adult gastroenterology specialist in The Woodlands, TX. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahzad include ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shahzad is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. Dr. Shahzad (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi-Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Dr. Shahzad is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, stomach problems, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Colon Cancer Screening, GERD/ heartburn, Diarrhea, Chronic Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome ... (Read more)
Dr. John Thachil is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thachil include bladder cancer, spinal cord tumor, and lung cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and Government Medical College, Kottayam and residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Thachil is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Anemia, Bladder Cancer, Blood Disorders, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Charles Yen practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Yen include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Yen graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems
All Interests: Breast Cancer, Colon Disease, Hematology, Lung Cancer, Anal Rectal/Colon, Anemia, Biopsy, Bladder ... (Read more)
Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Kingwood, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Tomball, TX. Dr. Bhuriwala graduated from Dow Medical College. He completed his residency training at Grace Hospital, Detroit. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma
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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.