Gastrointestinal

Fairfield Family Health

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Lyme Disease Specialists located in Fairfield, CT

More than 60 million Americans experience gastrointestinal problems like heartburn, constipation, and chronic diarrhea. At Fairfield Family Health in Fairfield, Connecticut, the naturopathic doctors offer thorough testing and treatment of gastrointestinal problems. They design individualized treatments that relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call Fairfield Family Health or book an appointment online today to see if you can benefit from gastrointestinal treatment.

Gastrointestinal Q & A

What is gastrointestinal health?

Gastrointestinal health is a medical subspecialty that diagnoses and treats problems affecting your gastrointestinal (GI) system. The GI system includes the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, and anus.

The gastrointestinal system plays a crucial role in eating and digestion. Everyone experiences occasional gastrointestinal problems, but if your symptoms persist, it’s vital to identify the underlying cause.

What are some common gastrointestinal problems?

At Fairfield Family Health, the integrative physicians diagnose and treat various gastrointestinal problems, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Crohn’s disease

You might also benefit from treatment if you experience a loss of bowel control (bowel incontinence).

When should I see a doctor about gastrointestinal problems?

Make an appointment today with the holistic doctors at Fairfield Family Health if you experience any of the following gastrointestinal problems:

  • Chronic (long-term, ongoing) abdominal pain
  • Persistent or severe heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Episodes of choking
  • Persistent vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Constipation

You should also seek treatment if you experience chronic diarrhea or bloating and gas.

How are gastrointestinal problems diagnosed?

To diagnose gastrointestinal problems, your Fairfield Family Health provider reviews your health records and asks about your symptoms. They need to know when your symptoms started, if they’re worse after eating certain foods, and if you’re experiencing weight loss.

Your provider completes a physical exam. They gently press on your abdomen and pelvic region to identify sensitive areas and order lab work, including blood tests and urinalysis. Your provider might also order diagnostic imaging, like an upper endoscopy, an ultrasound, or X-rays.

Upper endoscopy uses a thin tube with a light and camera called an endoscope. The endoscope examines your esophagus, throat, and upper stomach.

How are gastrointestinal problems treated?

At Fairfield Family Health, the providers take a holistic and integrative approach to treating gastrointestinal problems. Whenever possible, they recommend healthy lifestyle changes, like eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and managing your stress. You might also benefit from trigger avoidance or taking vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Your provider works with you to develop a custom treatment plan that reduces uncomfortable symptoms and improves your quality of life. They monitor your progress at routine checkups and adjust your treatment plan when needed.

Call Fairfield Family Health or book an appointment online today to learn more about holistic and natural treatments for gastrointestinal problems.