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By Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC
July 25, 2017
Category: Gastrointestinal
Tags: Remicade  

Learn more about the medication that could manage your inflammatory bowel disease.remicade

Have you been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease? If so, then our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists may have recommended (along with modifying certain habits and lifestyles) that you take Remicade® to help manage your symptoms. What is Remicade® and what can it do to help your condition?

Remicade® is a prescription medication that is used to help treat both pain and inflammation. While it can be used to help manage pain caused by a variety of different conditions from certain kinds of arthritis to autoimmune diseases, this medication can also be a great way to keep your inflammatory bowel disease symptoms under control.

Those with Crohn’s disease deal with chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. This can cause some pretty miserable symptoms ranging from abdominal pain to diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis also faces the same inflammatory symptoms. Those with severe ulcerative colitis may even develop digestive ulcers, which can be severely painful. If you have moderate-to-severe inflammatory bowel disease that hasn’t been responding to other medications or lifestyle changes then it might be the perfect time to talk to our Troy, MI, GI doctor about whether Remicade® might be able to better manage your symptoms.

Remicade® is typically administered through an IV over the course of a couple of hours. You will receive the first three doses a few weeks apart from each other, with maintenance infusions happening about every six to eight weeks after. Before getting Remicade® we will need you to come in for an evaluation so that we can understand more about your condition and your symptoms. We will also need to go through your medical history to determine if there are certain pre-existing health conditions that could be negatively impacted by this medication. We will also provide you with a list of possible side effects and when a certain side effect warrants coming into the office right away.

Whether you have questions about the medications you are taking or you are experiencing symptoms and require medical attention, Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, is here to help every step of the way. Call us today!

By Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC
March 21, 2017
Category: Gastrointestinal
Tags: Checkups  

Find out how often you should come in for routine screenings and preventive gastrointestinal care.

When dealing with changes in your intestinal tract it can be difficult to understand what’s going on. Instead of just guessing what might be to blame it’s always a good idea to consult one of our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists for care. Find out when a checkup is a good idea and what symptoms warrant a visit to our office.

Why Should I See a Gastroenterologist?

Since our Troy GI doctors have received specialized and comprehensive medical training, we are able to provide more in-depth and effective colonoscopies and other procedures needed to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems than a regular doctor can. Having a GI specialist who knows what to look for when it comes to detecting polyps, cancerous growths and other issues is a boon to your intestinal health.

When Should I Schedule a Visit?

It might be time to consider booking an appointment with us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Bloating
  • Rectal pain or bleeding
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Excessive gas
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Pale stools
  • Dark urine

Your Troy gastrointestinal physician is able to treat a full range of conditions. We will discuss your medical history and the symptoms you are experiencing before determining which kinds of diagnostic tests to perform.

Of course, you don’t always need to be sick or feeling under the weather to visit us. In fact, once you reach 50 years old, you should be coming in for routine colonoscopies. If you have a personal or family history of intestinal polyps, ulcerative colitis or colorectal cancer, we may recommend that you come in for a colonoscopy younger than 50. Both men and women should get colonoscopies and, depending on the results of your test, we will determine how often you should come in for these screenings.

Are you dealing with stomach issues? Don’t let intestinal distress affect you. Get the relief you deserve by turning to Gastrointestinal Specialists PC in Troy, MI. Call us today!