Gastrointestinal Doctor Questions and Answers
Have you been suffering from an issue with your stomach or a related issue? If so, you should see a specialist like one of ours here at Primary Care 360. With us, an appointment isn’t necessary. We have 3 convenient locations near you in Sherwood, Hensley and White Hall, AR. Call us for more information.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders?
First and foremost, if you have severe abdominal pain, please call 911, as it may be serious and even life-threatening. If you don’t have this issue, you can see a specialist or an urgent care doctor here at Primary Care 360. An appointment with us isn’t necessary.
Go see an urgent care doctor or specialist if you have minor symptoms and think you may have or know you have a problem with your digestive system, like a stomach problem. You might think you have such a problem if you’re experiencing:
- Minor abdominal pain
- Unexplainable difficulty swallowing
- Unexplainable blood in your stool
- A problem with digesting food properly
- Constipation or diarrhea
Also, if you’re 50 years old or older, it could be time to start seeing a specialist or doctor regularly about your digestive system, as men and women at this age have a higher risk of getting colon cancer. A specialist or doctor can provide or refer you for regular colon cancer screenings.
What is a gastrointestinal specialist called?
This kind of doctor is called a gastroenterologist. This medical professional can screen for and treat different issues and conditions of the digestive system. Issues like acid reflux, hemorrhoids, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hepatitis C, polyps, jaundice, pancreatitis, and colon cancer can be addressed by a gastroenterologist. Services like endoscopies and others can help a professional address such issues.
How do you treat gastrointestinal disorders?
To diagnose a gastrointestinal issue or disorder, a professional will ask you about your symptoms and recent activities, among other things. Certain tests, like endoscopies, colonoscopies, or biopsies, can help with diagnosis.
To treat a gastrointestinal issue or disorder, a professional may:
- Recommend resting and drinking plenty of fluids
- Suggest following a short-term diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, all of which are easy on the stomach (the professional may also suggest avoiding dairy, grease, and spices which can aggravate the digestive system)
- Recommend an over-the-counter medication, like a laxative for constipation
- Prescribe a medication to help control symptoms like nausea
- Suggest ways of rehydrating your body, such as IV therapy
Treatment will vary based on the specific diagnosis.
Can I see a gastroenterologist or doctor without a referral?
It might be possible to see a gastroenterologist without a referral, but not necessarily. You could go see your doctor for a referral, if you like, but this would mean waiting a while for the appointment. Instead, just come see us here at Primary Care 360. We can see you without the need for an appointment.
Do you have a gastrointestinal disorders doctor near me?
We likely do! Primary Care 360 has multiple locations, including ones in the Sherwood, Hensley, and White Hall AR areas. Please see our Locations page for the location in your area, its address, and its contact information, then call us at that location or just come see us if you think you need our services. You don’t have to make an appointment. So long as your issue is non-life-threatening, we can help you easily here at Primary Care 360.
We look forward to serving you soon! We serve patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, White Hall AR, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville AR, Maumelle AR, Cabot AR, Bryant AR, and Conway AR.