Digestive Disorders Specialist

Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia LLC

Gastroenterologists located in Macon, Gray, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville, GA

Eating food is central to nearly everything we do, which is why digestive disorders can be particularly frustrating. If you’re suffering from a digestive problem, the medical experts at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia can help. Schedule your consultation at their state-of-the-art clinic in Macon, Georgia, today by calling the office.

Digestive Disorders Q & A

What is a digestive disorder?

A digestive disorder is any condition that affects the proper functioning of your digestive system. Your digestive system goes all the way from your mouth to your anus, and helps your body process food, absorb nutrients, and get rid of waste. 

Digestive disorders can do more than just leave you with uncomfortable symptoms. If left untreated, some digestive disorders can lead to more severe and complicated conditions.

What are the symptoms of digestive disorders?

While every digestive disorder is unique, there are a handful of common symptoms that are shared by many of them, including:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Bloody stools
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas or bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chronic coughing
  • Trouble sleeping

If you’re experiencing digestive symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, schedule a visit with Gastroenterology Associations of Central Georgia. Their team of expert gastroenterologists can work with you to determine what digestive disorder might be causing your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help heal your digestive system. 

What are some common digestive disorders?

Some of the more common digestive disorders include:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Gallstones
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Anal fissure

While all of these conditions affect your digestive system, they require different methods of treatment. 

How do you treat digestive disorders?

Just as there are many different types of digestive disorders, there are many different treatments for them. The team of seasoned professionals at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia provides a wide range of services to help alleviate your digestive disorder, including:

  • Medications
  • Dietary changes
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Surgery

Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia also recommend practicing good preventive care to ensure a healthy digestive system, like getting a screening colonoscopy. 

Average-risk patients should have a colonoscopy by age 45-50, while those with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps should consider having a colonoscopy at a younger age. The rule of thumb is to have your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age at which your family member was diagnosed.

To learn more about how Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia can treat your digestive disorders and get you feeling healthy again, schedule a visit by calling the office.