Urgent Care for Digestive Conditions
Your stomach, intestines, esophagus, and other digestive organs are responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating solid waste from the body. Digestive conditions cause bothersome symptoms and make it harder to get the nutrients you need from your food. If you experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting or other symptoms, visit our urgent care clinic to get the personalized attention you deserve.
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Nearly one million Americans are diagnosed with gallstones each year. These stones are made of bile salts, cholesterol, and other substances. If a gallstone becomes lodged in your bile duct, you might experience an attack of severe pain under your right shoulder, between your shoulder blades, or in your upper abdomen. If you experience pain that lasts more than five hours, or you have a severe stomach ache accompanied by vomiting and fever, seek medical attention.
Acid reflux is one of the most common digestive conditions in the world. People with this condition often experience heartburn, which is a burning feeling under the breastbone or in the center of the abdomen. If you experience symptoms regularly, you may have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Untreated GERD can cause serious complications, so schedule an appointment with one of our physicians if you experience frequent heartburn or other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
GERD may also be caused by stomach ulcers, which could be a result of a bacteria called H.pylori. See one of our healthcare providers who may perform laboratory tests to determine the cause of your acid reflux.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two types of inflammatory bowel disease. These conditions cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. People with Crohn’s disease may have multiple ulcers in the lining of the GI tract. These ulcers can cause intestinal blockages or infections. Ulcerative colitis causes ulcers to form in the rectum and colon. Because both conditions are caused by an overactive immune system, keeping inflammation under control is the best way to manage them. If you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, work with one of our doctors to find a treatment regimen that works for you.
Many people experience constipation at least once in their lives. This condition makes it difficult to have a bowel movement, so it increases the risk of anal fissures and hemorrhoids. A high-fiber diet and plenty of exercise can help you prevent constipation. Drinking plenty of water can also help you avoid this problem. If you take certain medications, you may have an increased risk of developing constipation. Talk to one of our experienced physicians to find out how you can avoid constipation while taking prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that interferes with nutrient absorption and damages the small projections of the small intestine. Attacks occur when someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in rye, barley, and wheat. Untreated celiac disease can lead to thyroid disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases.
Digestive conditions can cause abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, heartburn, and other problems. When you visit Physicians Now, our friendly staff members will treat you with respect and help you find out why you are experiencing these symptoms. One of our physicians can also help you develop a treatment program to address your individual needs and help you improve your health.
Abdominal pains can be caused by a myriad of conditions, ranging from constipation to appendicitis or may even indicate a life-threatening condition such as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. If you experience abdominal pains, a qualified health care provider is ready to discuss your symptoms, perform a physical exam and conduct laboratory tests and X-rays.