While digestive disorders vary in severity, they can all cause great discomfort and interfere with our daily activities. Unfortunately, the typical American diet, which is often high in fat and not well-balanced with fiber, fruit, and vegetables, can make digestive disorders more likely to occur. If you find yourself having abdominal pain, acid reflux, or general discomfort, our Santa Barbara team can help evaluate your diet and adjust it to better serve your health.
What Are Digestive Disorders?
We use digestive disorders as a blanket term to refer to any disorder that interferes with your ability to process food properly. Some of these disorders are related, but others may have completely different causes. If you are suffering with a digestive disorder, it’s important that you come see us at Montecito Concierge Medicine as soon as you can.
What Are Some Common Disorder Types?
Some of the most common digestive disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where stomach acid comes back up into the esophagus, Crohn’s Disease, which is a condition where the bowel becomes inflamed (also called inflamed bowel disorder or IBD), heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of digestive disorders can include terrible stomach cramps, general stomach pain, diarrhea, gas and bloating. These symptoms can strike suddenly and disappear just as suddenly, or they can persist throughout the day. If you are suffering from a digestive disorder, you may be tempted to avoid social activities for fear of having to address a sudden digestive episode. Digestive disorders can have a genetic component or can be a symptom of another disease. Very often, the wrong diet is the precursor to a digestive disorder, and adjusting the diet can dramatically improve symptoms.
How Do We Treat Digestive Disorders?
At Montecito Concierge Medicine, we will examine you to determine the specific nature of your digestive disorder before recommending any treatment. Your treatment may include nutritional tests, such as antioxidant testing, and will often include nutritional counseling to help you only choose foods that will not activate your digestive sensitivity. Because we are a concierge medical service, we take a very focused record of your nutritional habits and symptoms and get you on the most effective nutrition plan quickly.
Montecito Concierge Medicine for Digestive Disorders
We don’t want gas, diarrhea, or stomach problems to sideline your active lifestyle. We have plenty of ways to help. Contact us today by calling (805) 892-6500 or submitting the form below to schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation with Dr. Alan J. Viglione so that we can discuss the best way to help you with all your nutritional and medical needs.