Gastrointestinal Disorders

Healthpark Medical Center Inc. -  - Functional Medicine & Pediatrics

Healthpark Medical Center Inc.

Functional Medicine & Pediatrics located in Boca Raton, FL, Weston, FL, and North Miami Beach, FL

While digestive problems affect most people at one time or another, chronic gastrointestinal issues can be uncomfortable, or even embarrassing. At the Boca Raton, North Miami Beach, and Weston, Florida, locations of Healthpark Medical Center Inc., the team of board-certified physicians offers innovative diagnostic and treatment options to address a variety of gastrointestinal and digestive health issues, like Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Learn more about treating and preventing gastrointestinal issues by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Q & A

What causes gastrointestinal disorders?

Gastrointestinal disorders can be the result of the types of foods you eat or medications you take. Other common causes of gastrointestinal disorders include:

 

  • Infection
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Neurological issues

You can also suffer persistent gastrointestinal issues due to elevated levels of stress.

How do hormonal imbalances affect the gastrointestinal tract?

Your thyroid produces hormones that control your body’s metabolism, especially your intestinal tract. When there’s dysfunction in your thyroid, you can experience a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, including irritable bowels, chronic diarrhea, and constipation.

You may also have problems in your gastrointestinal tract if you have thyroid-related autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s disease.

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders?

Depending on the nature of your gastrointestinal disorder, your symptoms could include:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Symptoms can range from mild and occasional to severe and chronic. Your symptoms can also worsen when you eat certain foods or take certain medications, especially if you have allergies or sensitivities to their ingredients.

How are gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed?

At Healthpark Medical Center Inc., the experienced team of physicians can review your medical and family history, as well as your symptoms, to determine the root cause of your digestive and gastrointestinal issues.

Your physician may perform specialized testing to determine if the sensitivities or allergies to foods you eat may be responsible for your discomfort.

Blood work may also be necessary to check the health of your thyroid or to see if an infection is present in your body.

What treatment options are available for gastrointestinal disorders?

The staff at Healthpark Medical Center Inc. believes in the importance of treating the root cause of your gastrointestinal issues. Initially, treatment options may include making necessary lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating a fresh, healthy diet, and getting enough exercise.

 

Your Healthpark Medical Center Inc. physician works with you to create a personalized nutrition plan that considers any food sensitivities or allergies that might be triggering your gastrointestinal issues. They can also help you to develop strategies to avoid certain foods or medications to prevent future flare-ups of digestive issues.

To learn more about the benefits of treating gastrointestinal disorders using functional medicine, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office nearest you.