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

Dr. Dennis Lee Christie, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
615 Lilly Road Ne; Co -, Suite 140
Olympia, WA

Dr. Dennis Christie is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Bellevue, WA, Seattle, WA, and Olympia, WA. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease and research. Dr. Christie has received professional recognition including the following: Seattle Super Doctors; SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine - 2014; and Seattle's Top Doc - Seattle Met Magazine. He is professionally affiliated with Seattle Children's.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Research

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

Dr. Mary Len's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Len include inflammatory bowel disease. She has received the following distinction: Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Len is affiliated with Seattle Children's.

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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 is a gastroenterologist. Her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and chronic constipation. She is professionally 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 practices gynecologic oncology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Veljovich attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Veljovich's clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, fibroids, and hysterectomy (uterus removal). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Veljovich has received the following distinctions: Seattle Met "Top Doctors"; Seattle Met : Top Doctors; and Seattle Magazine : Top Doctors. He 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: Rectocele, Cystocele, Incontinence Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tremont Parrino is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. He studied medicine at 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 is an in-network provider for 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's area of specialization is physical therapy. Areas of expertise for Ms. Maxwell include 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 Prolapse, Physical ... (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.