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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Interplan near Tomball, TX.

Dr. Sohaib Ahmed Faruqi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
425 Holderrieth Boulevard; Suite 109
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Sohaib Faruqi is an adult gastroenterologist in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Faruqi graduated from the University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Medical College, and King Edward Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Faruqi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). These areas are among his clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Faruqi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Punjabi. Dr. Faruqi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shabbir-Husain Husain Jamali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
421 School Street; Suite 110
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Shabbir-Husain Jamali is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Jamali include pancreas problems, anemia, and colon cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Jamali attended medical school at Dow Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Imran Sattar Nathani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1205 Graham Drive
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Imran Nathani practices general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and crohn's disease. Dr. Nathani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He accepts 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 Dr. Nathani's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Nathani attended medical school at Dow Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease

All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Bursitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Emanuel Paul Ii Descant II, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine
909 Graham # D; Tomball Medical Art Building
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. E. Descant's medical specialty is family medicine, geriatrics (elderly care), and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Descant include warts, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and depression. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Descant is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Descant's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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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.