Conditions


If you’re having problems with your digestive system, you’re not alone. In fact, 60 to 70 million people are affected by problems related to digestion. But discussing symptoms can often feel as uncomfortable as the condition itself.

There’s no need to suffer in silence! Many gastrointestinal disorders, while inconvenient and unpleasant, are often very treatable. And when problems are identified early, treatment success and recovery rates are very high.

Because early diagnosis and treatment are key, Charleston GI offers outpatient, minimally invasive procedures, such as endoscopy and colonoscopy, to detect and treat gastrointestinal problems or abnormalities as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Charleston GI’s team of physicians specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the gastrointestinal organs, including the following:

  • stomach
  • intestine
  • colon
  • liver
  • pancreas
  • gallbladder

While our expertise plays a large role in providing a higher standard of caring, we also firmly believe that educated, informed patients are satisfied ones.

Please take a moment to read more about these conditions’ symptoms and warning signs.

Chronic Pancreatitis


  • Abdominal pain (greatest in the upper abdomen) that may last from hours to days
  • Pain that gets worse from eating or drinking (especially alcohol)
  • Chronic, unintentional weight loss
  • Diarrhea or irregular stools, nausea and vomiting

Acute Pancreatitis


  • Pain that worsens immediately after eating or drinking, especially high-fat foods
  • Pain that often spreads to the back or below the left shoulder blade, worsening when lying flat on back
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, nausea, vomiting or sweating
  • Digestive issues

Constipation


  • Less than 3 bowel movements per week
  • Hard stools or difficulty/pain passing stools
  • Inability to have a bowel movement after more than 10 minutes of straining

Crohn’s Disease


  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Fever, fatigue
  • Pain when passing stool or persistent diarrhea
  • Appetite loss or unintentional weight loss

Diarrhea


  • Urgent need to use the bathroom, loss of bowel control
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Nausea
  • Infection-related fever/chills or bloody stools

Diverticulitis


  • Abdominal pain (typically in left lower abdomen)
  • Chills or fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weight loss

Reflux Disease


  • Heartburn or burning pain in chest that is relieved by antacids
  • Sensation that food is trapped behind the breastbone
  • Nausea after eating
  • Pain that is more likely/worse at night or when lying down

Hemorrhoids


  • Anal itching
  • Anal ache/pain when sitting or during bowel movements
  • Bright red blood on toilet paper, stool or in toilet
  • One or more hard, tender lumps near anus

Hepatitis


  • Abdominal pain or distention
  • Dark urine or pale/clay-colored stools
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, low-grade fever, nausea/vomiting
  • General itching
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
  • Appetite or weight loss

Irritable Bowel


  • Abdominal pain, fullness, gas and bloating present for at least 6 months
  • Intermittent pain that occurs after meals and is relieved by bowel movements
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite

Ulcerative Colitis


  • Abdominal pain and cramping, abdominal sounds (gurgling/splashing)
  • Irregular stools (blood and pus in stools or diarrhea)
  • Rectal pain (tenesmus)
  • Weight loss