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Gluten Sensitivity vs Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is most commonly confused with gluten intolerance, though the two are very different things. Gluten sensitivity is a condition where eating gluten leads to uncomfortable GI symptoms, including abdominal cramping, bloating and diarrhea. It does not lead to serious medical complications. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation and damage in the lining of the small bowel with exposure to gluten. It can lead to serious medical complications, and it improves with a strict gluten-free diet. The GI symptoms are very similar between the two. As such, it can be challenging to tell one from the other. Formal medical testing is often needed to ensure patients with Celiac disease are identified and get the care they need. Digestive Health Specialists is here to help you if you, or someone you know, would like more information, or if you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms and would like further evaluation.

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun…And Good Health! A Woman’s Perspective on GI Health

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Gallstones are just a few Digestive Disorders that can affect women at a higher rate than men and can do more than just take the fun out of your day. These disorders can cause you to feel embarrassed, miss important events, be painful and downright inconvenient. At Digestive Health Specialists, not only are we ready to see you and treat these disorders but we want to introduce you to our team of women that can specifically address these disorders in a comfortable and caring environment. We understand the comfort of seeing a female provider for what might be an embarrassing situation.

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Seeing Red?

Let’s get a little personal, shall we?  We all eat, drink and then digest.  What we put in our bodies has to come out.  We all go to the restroom and have bowel movements.  It’s normal. It’s a part of life.  But what is not normal is red on the tissue or red in the stool – and by red we mean blood.  Seeing red can mean several different things.  It can be associated with problems in your esophagus all the way down to your rectum.

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November: A Time for Awareness

November not only marks the beginning of shorter days and longer nights, it is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month! Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. among both men and women. Here at Digestive Health Specialists, our providers see patients for pancreatic problems in addition to a multitude of digestive issues. It is important to be aware of the risk factors for pancreatic cancer, especially ones that can be modified by lifestyle.

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What is an Endoscopy?

Have you recently been told by your doctor you need an Endoscopy? Have you been scheduled for one and still curious about the procedure? Questions are expected. Here at Digestive Health Specialists many of our patients call back after scheduling an EGD with questions that they may have forgotten to ask in the office. We accept those questions with open arms because we want to make sure our patients are 100% comfortable with everything prior to the day of their procedure.

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How does your diet affect constipation?

Constipation can be a horrible feeling. It can be especially difficult when you haven’t passed any stool for several days and you begin to feel very full. Many patients who are constipated can treat their own symptoms without even coming to the office. One of the most essential ingredients in the “constipation free potion” is water – you probably knew that was coming!

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“My insurance won’t pay for a colonoscopy”

Do you think you can’t afford a colonoscopy?  You aren’t sure how much your insurance would cover or even if they would cover at all?  Or maybe you don’t even have insurance?! We understand.  For some the thought of having another bill or more debt hanging over their head is the last thing they want.  But, what if we told you that your insurance may cover it?! And, what if we told the ones that are self-pay that we can set you up on a monthly payment plan that fits your budget?  Well, we can!

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We portal! Do you portal?

What is “portal” you may ask!?  It is the “patient portal!!”  Here at Digestive Health Specialists we really encourage our patients to create their own patient portal and it is very easy to do!  “When checking in for appointments their email address is verified on the Phreesia Pad,” mentioned Jessie Mabe, Patient Access Specialist. “…then with one click of my mouse an email is sent straight to the patient with a pin code and instructions on how to set up their own patient portal account!

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