Reasons to visit your London GI doctor

 

There are many reasons you might need to visit your friendly gastroenterologist. Being over 50 or at a higher risk group for screening certain conditions will likely trigger a referral or recommendation.

However, did you know there are some important symptoms to be aware of. If you are suffering from any of the following it might be worth considering a visit to a GI doctor so they can diagnose the cause of your digestive troubles

 

Frequent Constipation

If you have three or less bowel movements on a weekly basis that suggests you are suffering with constipation. Constipation can be caused by something as simple as not drinking enough water of getting enough fibre in your diet however persistent cases are always worth checking. Your GI doctor can help you to find out the cause.

 

Diarrhoea

The opposite problem diarrhoea (runny stool) can also indicate a digestive problem. Persistent diarrhea can be a warning sign of digestive troubles such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and many more. Your GI doctor will talk to you about causes and suggest the appropriate treatment.

 

Worried about an ulcer

A stomach ulcer presents with discomfort and a burning feeling in your stomach. This pain intensifies as you eat as the acid in your stomach irritates the ulcer. If you have pain after eating which an antacid doesn’t seem to be helping then we would suggest a visit to see a GI doctor.

Heartburn

Sadly most of us will experience heartburn at some point in our lives and its usually nothing to worry about. However, if it becomes frequent it could be a symptom of another problem. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can all cause painful heartburn. If you are experiencing frequent heartburn we would recommend booking a visit to see your GI doctor so it can be correctly diagnosed

 

Blood in your stool

Blood in your stool can be caused by several things and often suggests bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. Bright red blood on toilet paper is generally a less concerning symptom than black stools. Red blood can be caused by anal fissures or haemorrhoids. Black stools suggest you are bleeding somewhere deeper within your digestive system so could indicate a bigger issue. In both instances, it is important to tell your health care provider

 

Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are not life-threatening, but they can make life miserable for some people. While most haemorrhoids occur on the outside of the anus and are fairly easy to treat, internal haemorrhoids can be more challenging. GI specialists sometimes treat internal haemorrhoids during colonoscopy procedures.

 

Unexplained stomach pain

If you are experiencing frequent stomach pains and bloating after eating this could trigger a visit to a GI doctor to try and determine the cause. Stomach pain that lasts for hours, for example, could be caused by gallstones or even suggest you might need your gall bladder removed.

 

For a colonoscopy

If you are over 50 or in an at-risk group it is important to attend your colonoscopy screening. If your colonoscopy is clear and you don’t have risk factors you will not need to attend again for another 5-10 years. Your GI doctor will advise you how often you need a colonoscopy