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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Olympia, WA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
615 Lilly Road Ne; Co -, Suite 140
Olympia, WA

Dr. Mary Len is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. She is affiliated with Seattle Children's. For her residency, Dr. Len trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Len has received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
615 Lilly Road Ne; Co -, Suite 140
Olympia, WA

Ms. Nancy Nelson specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). Her areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and chronic constipation. Ms. Nelson is affiliated with Seattle Children's.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Pelvic Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Chronic Constipation, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Dan Steven Veljovich, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Other
4525 Third Avenue Se; Suite 200
Lacey, WA

Dr. Dan Veljovich's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Veljovich average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Veljovich's areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and cryotherapy. He honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He has received the following distinctions: Seattle Met "Top Doctors"; Seattle Met : Top Doctors; and Seattle Magazine : Top Doctors. Dr. Veljovich speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Swedish Medical Center, CHI Franciscan Health, and EvergreenHealth. Dr. Veljovich is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Leiomyosarcoma, Amenorrhea, Cervix Problems, Incontinence ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Molina III, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4525 Third Avenue Se; Suite 200
Lacey, WA

Dr. Arthur Molina is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. In addition to English, Dr. Molina speaks Spanish. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Molina's distinctions include: Harvard Medical School Physician Executive Leadership; Expert Reviewer: Blood, American Journal of Medicine; and Fellow of the Richard Karn Foundation Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Blood Cancers, Breast Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Solid Tumor, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Tremont Vincent Parrino, MD
Specializes in Other, Diagnostic Radiology
3417 Ensign Road Ne
Olympia, WA

Dr. Tremont Parrino is a specialist in diagnostic radiology. After attending Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Parrino accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Angela Lynn Maxwell, DPT
Specializes in Physical Therapy
4833 Tumwater Valley Drive; Suite 150
Tumwater, WA

Ms. Angela Maxwell specializes in physical therapy and practices in Tumwater, WA and Centralia, WA. These areas are among Ms. Maxwell's clinical interests: tailbone problems, chronic constipation, and musculoskeletal problems.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic constipation, rectal problems, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Musculoskeletal Problems, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, ... (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.