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.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. However, when colorectal cancer is found and treated early, there is a 90% survival rate. Unfortunately, one in three American adults are not screened as recommended. There are a few screening tests available, but a colonoscopy is the only screening test that both detects and prevents cancer. Other tests can miss certain polyps (pre-cancer), and have false positive or false negative results.
During these hot, lazy days of summer, you may find yourself moving slowly and feeling sleepy all the time. There is in fact an inverse relationship between the temperature outside and the temperature in your body. In summer, your balance may feel off because your body turns down its internal furnace as a means of protecting itself.
What’s in a name? Heartburn by any other name, indigestion, GERD, pyrosis, the devil….would still burn as bad. Have you ever thought to yourself… Why do I have such severe chest burning every time I eat pizza or pasta??? What is this fiery ball in the middle of my chest attacking me from the inside?? Why is food constantly getting stuck in the middle of my chest??? Why is my voice constantly hoarse???
Summer is right around the corner. Barbecue grills are getting fired up, graduation parties with delectable cakes and sweet summertime drinks are just a few weeks away, and restaurants with outdoor patios are in full swing ready to serve you their finest southern cuisine. Don’t let difficulty swallowing interfere with your fun summer plans.
It’s March and that means a lot more than bracket busters and the final four. It’s colon cancer awareness month. It’s true; it doesn’t sound as exciting… But oh man, is it! Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US. This month signifies the leaps and bounds we have made in the fight against colorectal cancer.
On any given day, our providers here at Digestive Health Specialists see patients who experience a choking or strangling sensation in their throat. The medical term for this sensation is “dysphagia” and it means difficulty swallowing. It can occur in anyone but most commonly older adults.
Digestive Health Specialists is fighting back as a company against Colon Cancer! About three years ago, DHS formed a wellness team that acts as overall motivators and cheerleaders for the company’s health and well-being. At least 4 times a year, this team rolls out a “wellness challenge” that incorporates some part of their health that may be physical, stress management, healthy alternatives, fitness challenges, etc.
After years of seeing loyal DHS patients at JR Jones in King, NC we are building our own separate office location to continue the same excellent patient care. Starting in April, patients in communities north of Winston Salem, Stokes County, between Rural Hall and Mount Airy and even Virginia will be offered the same quality of GI healthcare received in our main office.
If you are a new patient to Digestive Health Specialists, consider scheduling your appointment with Dr. Dhyan Rajan! As our newest provider, his areas of expertise include Crohn’s disease, IBD, and ulcerative colitis. He is originally from rural Maryland but attended medical school in England, where he graduated magna cum laude with his Doctorate of Medicine in 2008.