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Treatments New, non-surgical procedure at UHC used to diagnose conditions that may cause abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to examine esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract,… Read More


10 Common Mistakes That Can Worsen Your Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s

When you have a flare-up of your ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease, you may be quick to blame that big meal you had or that double venti coffee with espresso you had that morning. In reality, though, while many things can trigger a flare-up, many flare-ups just happen, with… Read More

10 Ways to Keep Acid Reflux From Damaging Your Teeth

Acid reflux is a very uncomfortable situation for anyone, but did you know it can silently damage your teeth in the process? First off, acid reflux is when acid produced by the stomach moves up into the esophagus, causing chest pain known as heartburn. That same acid can wear… Read More

13 Tips to Avoid IBS Flare-Ups

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS for short, you know the flare-ups can be unpredictable at times. Other times, you may find certain triggers that can aggravate your condition. The key is to figure out what those triggers are for you and then avoid these. Here… Read More

Acid Reflux and Cancer: How They May be Related

Cancer and chronic acid reflux may go hand in hand. Do you suffer from acid reflux, more commonly known as heartburn? This is that burning sensation in your chest or throat that develops after eating certain acidic foods. You’ve likely experienced this discomfort at least a few times in… Read More

Can You Get Hepatitis From Drinking Alcohol?

The short answer is yes. It’s called alcoholic hepatitis and it involves the inflammation of the liver brought on by drinking alcohol. This affliction is most common in those who drink heavily over the course of many years and decades. That being said, not all heavy alcoholics will fall… Read More

Guide to Diverticulitis: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Diet

When people get older, they often develop bulging pouches within the large intestine’s lining called diverticula. When those pouches get inflamed or experience infection, the resulting painful condition is called diverticulitis. You may feel pain in the abdomen, as well as nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhea among other things. Read More

Guide to Pancreatitis: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Diet

Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Your pancreas is located behind your stomach in the upper portion of your abdomen, appearing as a long, flat gland. It’s the job of your pancreas to produce enzymes that aid in digestion as well as hormones that regulate how your body… Read More

Steps You Can Take Now to Relieve Common Digestive Disorders

Many of us are all too familiar with the aches of heartburn, indigestion, and nausea. While mild, occasional discomfort in the stomach and intestines is considered normal; some gastrointestinal disorders need medical attention. A few of the most commonly gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed in North Central West Virginia are acid… Read More

Take this heartburn quiz and find out if you should see a physician

What could be causing your pain? Take this simple quiz to find out if you should see a physician for your heartburn: Does heartburn occur more than twice a week? Do symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications? Do you have difficulty swallowing? If you answered “Yes” to any… Read More

What are the Causes of Blood in Your Stool?

It can be alarming to discover blood in your stool, but it’s actually more common than you think. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously, however. Whether you notice the blood after wiping from a bowel movement or it was discovered through a test at the doctor’s, this… Read More

What Causes Gallstones and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Contrary to the name, gallstones aren’t exactly stones. Instead, they’re solid pieces of material that can start forming in the gallbladder, which is a small organ right under your liver. Many of us have gallstones but just don’t know it. Then, once they block one of your bile ducts,… Read More

What’s Scarier? A Colonoscopy or Cancer?

Colon Cancer Prevention Tips Get a colonoscopy screening after age 50 Eat a balanced diet Maintain a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle Don’t smoke Colon cancer is the most beatable, preventable cancer when detected early. Call 681-342-3690 for an appointment with a gastroenterology specialist today. Read More