Common GI Problems

Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologists & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

The board-certified gastroenterologists at Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana, are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of common GI problems. Kellen Jex, MD, and C. R. Tillman, MD, also offer comprehensive long-term management plans for chronic GI problems like inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and colon cancer. If you experience chronic constipation or develop unexplained abdominal pain, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Tillman Medical Group online or by phone today.

Common GI Problems Q & A

What are some common GI problems?

A number of underlying issues can affect the health of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Some of the most common conditions the team at Tillman Medical Group treat includes:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Colon cancer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Abdominal pain
  • GERD/acid reflux
  • Anemia (low blood count)

While many people experience occasional digestive discomfort, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation if you have chronic digestive issues that don't get better with home care and over-the-counter medication.

What are the symptoms of common GI problems?

Gastrointestinal conditions can cause a wide range of symptoms that vary from person to person. You should schedule a consultation with the team at Tillman Medical Group if you experience ongoing or repeating symptoms like:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding

You should also request a diagnostic evaluation if you notice any changes in your usual bowel habits.

How are common GI problems diagnosed?

The gastroenterology team at Tillman Medical Group offers the latest diagnostic technologies on-site to accurately identify the root cause of your symptoms.

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your personal and family medical histories. They discuss your lifestyle, your diet, and the severity and frequency of your symptoms.

To rule out issues like infections, you may need blood work. Your Tillman Medical Group provider could also request an ultrasound or another imaging test to check for abnormalities or obstructions in your digestive tract.

If these tests aren’t enough to diagnose your condition, you’ll need to undergo an exploratory procedure like:

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy involves the insertion of a flexible tube with an attached camera into your rectum to explore your lower digestive tract. The camera sends real-time images of the inside of your large intestine. The procedure can identify polyps and other abnormal growths that obstruct the tract, and inflammation of and damage to the digestive tract.

Upper endoscopy (or EGD)

Upper endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a special scope with an attached camera to explore your upper digestive tract. The scope is inserted through your mouth and evaluates your esophagus, stomach, and the beginning of your small intestine to identify abnormalities or obstructions.

What treatments are available for common GI problems?

Tillman Medical Group’s gastroenterology team customizes treatment plans to meet your own unique needs. They may initially recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve persistent bloating, gas, or abdominal pain.

If your diagnosis calls for it, your provider will recommend minimally invasive procedures like a colonoscopy to remove polyps or other growths that could be a sign of colon cancer or a precancerous condition.

Your Tillman Medical Group provider works closely with you to design the right care plan that focuses on protecting your long-term gastrointestinal health. They can also provide guidance for lifestyle and dietary improvements that will better support your digestion.

If you’re suffering from unexplained abdominal pain or need help managing an existing GI condition, schedule a consultation with the team at Tillman Medical Group online or by phone today.