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By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 11, 2020
Category: GI Care
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is a common complaint for many people. Although pain often goes away fairly quickly, lingering or severe pain may be a sign that it's time to call Dr. Vikram Jayanty, your gastroenterologist in Houston, TX.

Common causes of abdominal pain

Constipation or indigestion may be the cause of minor, short-term abdominal pain. If food is the culprit, your pain may disappear in just a few hours, while pain due to constipation will ease after a bowel movement.

More serious causes of abdominal pain can include appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, hernias, gallstones, kidney stones and intestinal blockages. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is another possible cause of abdominal pain. Although flareups can be very painful, IBS usually doesn't cause any damage to your gastrointestinal tract.

When should I contact the gastroenterologist?

It's a good idea to call the Houston gastroenterology office if:

  • You have severe pain: Severe pain should be evaluated by your gastroenterologist. If you have severe pain and can't reach your doctor immediately, go to the emergency room. It's also important to go to the emergency room if your abdominal pain is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness and nausea, or the pain radiates to your arm or jaw.
  • You've had pain for at least a week: Make an appointment with your gastroenterologist if you've had mild to moderate pain for a week or more.
  • You're constipated: Call your gastroenterologist if constipation lasts more than three or four days. If constipation starts suddenly and is accompanied by severe pain or vomiting, go to the emergency room.
  • Your pain keeps returning: Did your pain disappear for a few days only to suddenly return? Persistent pain, even if it doesn't occur every day or seems mild, should also be evaluated.
  • You feel sick: Do you feel unwell or have a fever in addition to your abdominal pain? Let your doctor know as soon as possible.
  • You're bloated or have diarrhea: If abdominal pain accompanied by bloating or diarrhea lasts longer than a few days, you need to see your gastroenterologist.
  • You've lost weight: Contact your doctor if your weight is dropping even though you haven't been trying to lose weight.

Is abdominal pain a frequent problem for you? Call your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, at (713) 932-9200 to schedule your appointment.

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 22, 2020
Category: GI Care

Could you benefit from getting a colon cancer screening?

There comes a time when everyone should turn to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. After all, it is the most effective colon cancer screening tool that our Houston gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty offers. With colorectal cancer rates rising in the US, particularly with younger individuals, it’s important to understand when a colon cancer screening could benefit you.

It’s time to consider getting a colon cancer screening in Houston if,

  • You are a man or woman who just turned 50 years old
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of cancer or colon polyps
  • You are dealing with symptoms of colon cancer such as rectal bleeding, bowel changes, abdominal pain and unexpected weight loss
  • You have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

Most healthy individuals can start getting regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50; however, men and women who have risk factors for colorectal cancer may want to talk with their gastroenterologist about getting screened earlier.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

There are certain factors associated with colorectal cancer that are fixed. These factors include,

  • Genetics/family history
  • Ethnicity (African Americans are more at risk)
  • Age (most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over 50 years old)
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • Certain health problem such as IBD
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps

However, there are risk factors that you can alter to improve your health and reduce your risk. These factors include,

  • Being overweight
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating a poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Heavy drinking

As you can see, there are changes you can start making to your current lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of colorectal cancer. This includes,

  • Losing excess weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eating a healthy, plant-based diet

Not sure what changes you should make to improve your colon health? Talk with your doctor. If you need to schedule your first colon cancer screening with our Houston team or you have questions about the other gastroenterology services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center at (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment.