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Dr. Rodrigo A Castillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3524 E Milwaukee Street
Janesville, WI

Dr. Rodrigo Castillo is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He has a special interest in hepatitis, ulcerative colitis, and pancreatitis. Dr. Castillo is affiliated with Mercy Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. For his professional training, Dr. Castillo completed a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pancreatitis

Dr. Shahid Shekhani, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1000 Mineral Point Avenue
Janesville, WI

Dr. Shahid Shekhani, who practices in Janesville, WI and Geneva, WI, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care), lung cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Shekhani is affiliated with Mercy Health System. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shekhani takes. Dr. Shekhani attended Sindh Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Prince George's Hospital Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Lung Cancer, Hospice, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Kevin R Kozak, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1000 Mineral Point Avenue
Janesville, WI

Dr. Kevin Kozak is a radiation oncology specialist. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He trained at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Kozak include lung cancer, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Kozak is professionally affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Tumor, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Emily G Robinson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Medical Oncology
1000 Mineral Point Avenue
Janesville, WI

Dr. Emily Robinson is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and neuro-oncology. These areas are among Dr. Robinson's clinical interests: lung cancer, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, she performed her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She is affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Joanna L Ryder
Specializes in Nutrition
3524 E Milwaukee Street
Janesville, WI

Ms. Joanna Ryder practices nutrition in Janesville, WI. Clinical interests for Ms. Ryder include diabetes, heart problems, and cancer. Ms. Ryder takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Heart Problems, Celiac Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Weight Management

Matthew D Warnke, MSOM
Specializes in Acupuncture
1010 N Washington Street
Janesville, WI

Mr. Matthew Warnke practices acupuncture in Janesville, WI. In his practice, Mr. Warnke focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), preventive care, and traditional chinese medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Pain Management, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Preventive Care

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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.

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