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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Waco, TX.

Dr. Timothy Paul Pfanner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7700 Fish Pond Road
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Pfanner is a gastroenterologist in Temple, TX, Killeen, TX, and Waco, TX. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pfanner trained at Tripler Army Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pfanner include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. Dr. Pfanner is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Richard Arnold Erickson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7700 Fish Pond Road
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Richard Erickson is an adult gastroenterologist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Erickson include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors in America; and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Audiovisual Award. Dr. Erickson is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Bile Duct Stones, Pancreatic Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Gregory White, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7700 Fish Pond Road
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Joseph White is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colorectal cancer screening, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. White's education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Scott and White Healthcare. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2007-2015.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Hitesh Bhrigunath Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Hitesh Singh practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Singh is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare, Dr. Singh attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sarcoma, Solid Tumor, Esophageal Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, ... (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.