Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

Treatment for GI Disorders at Washington Township Medical Foundation

See a gastroenterology specialist if you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms. There are numerous issues that can affect a patient, and some are caused by significant disorders that require treatment from a professional in the field. This page contains an overview of information about gastrointestinal or “GI” issues and when seeing a doctor is a good idea. Our team at Washington Township Medical Foundation is always available to answer questions and to provide support and care for patients in Fremont. We encourage you to ask a GI specialist from our team if you have questions.

What Causes GI Disorders?

A functional GI disorder is one where the bowel appears to be normal but is not functioning properly. Examples of functional GI disorders include irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

Some of the most common causes of functional disorders:

  • Not eating enough fiber
  • Not exercising enough
  • Significant changes to routine
  • Traveling
  • Too much dairy product consumption / lactose intolerance
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of some types of medications including some pain medications, antidepressants, and iron tablets
  • Stress
  • Resisting bowel movements
  • The effects of consistent use of laxatives

Types of GI Disorders

Some examples of underlying conditions that can cause gastrointestinal issues include:

  • Colon polyps / cancer, which affects 130,000 Americans every year
  • Anal disorders including internal and external hemorrhoids, anal fistula, and perianal abscesses
  • Colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)‚Äč

If you are experiencing symptoms related to your gastrointestinal system, visit a gastroenterologist at Washington Township Medical Foundation for superior care.