Reduce the Discomfort of Stomach Problems to Improve Your Quality of Life

Unchecked gastrointestinal problems, such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and ulcers can lead to debilitating health problems, expensive medical bills, and prolonged discomfort. Common causes of gastrointestinal problems can include stress, poor nutrition, diet low in fiber, resisting a bowel movement, lack of physical activity, and certain medications. If you are experiencing stomach problems, visit our urgent care center in Flushing, NY to get the proper treatment you need. Our caring staff can provide immediate comprehensive care to alleviate your symptoms and recommend methods you can implement to prevent further complications from occurring.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common digestive condition that occurs when the stomach acid backs up into your esophagus causing a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn). Other symptoms can include:

  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive burping
  • Bloating
  • Enamel erosion
  • Chronic bad breath or acidic taste in mouth

This condition is often the result of the foods you eat, lack of water intake, or a poorly functioning valve between your esophagus and stomach. When acid reflux is left untreated, it can lead to serious health conditions, such as ulcers, esophageal erosion, and cancer. Side effects can generally be eliminated with nutritional adjustments and prescription antacid medications.

Constipation

Constipation is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes difficulty experiencing a bowel movement (passing stool). When constipation occurs, bowel movements may be incomplete, cause pain, or be as infrequent as three times per week. This issue is generally caused by a lack of fiber in the diet, resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, or a disruption in your regular routine, such as traveling. Unaddressed constipation and overstraining can lead to fissures and hemorrhoids.

Our caring staff can provide immediate comprehensive care to alleviate your symptoms and recommend methods you can implement to prevent further complications from occurring.​

Increasing your fiber intake, exercising regularly, and going to the bathroom as soon as the urge strikes will help reduce your symptoms. In addition, our doctors may recommend laxatives or a stool softener to help ease discomfort.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is the frequent passing of loose or watery stools that can be attributed to sickness, food poisoning, or food allergies. It can also be the result of (IBS). Side effects can include:Woman holding stomach in discomfort

  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Bloody stool
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urge to have a bowel movement
  • Fever

If diarrhea persists longer than two days, you have a greater chance of developing dehydration, anemia, and malnutrition. Treatment may include antibiotics, intravenous (IV) fluids, medication adjustments, and additional testing to determine whether IBS or inflammatory bowel disease are the cause.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS, often referred to as a nervous stomach or spastic colon, is a condition that affects the large intestine, causing the colon muscle to over-contract. Common symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Excess gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Frequent shifts in bowel habits

Although the exact cause is unknown, certain factors, such as food intolerances or allergies, medications, and stress can trigger IBS. Our doctors may prescribe certain medications as well as recommend lifestyle modifications to help improve your symptoms, such as:

  • Increasing fiber intake
  • Avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions
  • Avoiding caffeine
  • Minimizing stress

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, or ulcerative colitis, is a gastrointestinal disorder that can affect multiple areas of the digestive tract, including the large intestine, small intestine, and rectum. When inflammation occurs, chronic irritation or ulcers can cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Malabsorption
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss

When inflammation occurs in the lining of your intestines, IBD can be debilitating and lead to hospitalization and other life-threatening complications, such as colon cancer. The type of treatment administered will be based on the severity of your diagnosis, but in most cases, the first step is prescription medications, such as anti-inflammatories, immune suppressants, and antibiotics, as well as lifestyle adjustments to improve your nutrition and overall physical activity.

Ulcers

Peptic ulcers can occur in the lining of your stomach and are often the result of a bacterial infection, acidic foods, overusing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, smoking, and stress. Symptoms include:

  • Dull or sharp abdominal pain
  • Burning sensation in your stomach
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody stool
  • Lack of energy or fatigue

Ulcers are generally treated with a combination of medications, such as antibiotics and acid-blocking drugs, as well as lifestyle adjustments to reduce ulcers and prevent them from growing or bleeding.

Seek Relief for Your Gastrointestinal Pain

If you are experiencing gastrointestinal disorders or you have unexplained stomach pain, contact our practice online to schedule an appointment. You can also call First Med Immediate Medical Care at (718) 224-8855 to speak to a member of our staff.