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GI Conditions

Charleston GI specialists can assist in identifying, diagnosing, and treating symptoms for any gastrointestinal and digestive issues. 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.

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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

GI Conditions (Inflammation, Infection, Virus etc.)

  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gastroparesis 
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids 
  • Hepatitis 
  • Hernia
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowels
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pregnant GI Issues
  • Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis)
  • Stomach Gas
  • Ulcerative Colitis 

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GI Diseases & Cancers

  • Colon Cancer (Colorectal Cancer)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Esophageal Cancer (Carcinoma)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Liver Disease (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)

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 view all our conditions and read up on symptoms and warning signs. If you need more information, schedule an appointment or visit one of our 5 convenient locations today! 

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  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • A diet lacking in fruit and vegetables
  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet, or a diet high in processed meats
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco usage

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


  • 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


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


  • Low-fiber diet that’s high in red meat
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Diverticulitis (infection)

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Diarrhea or bloody stools
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Headache

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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


Swallowing Air
We’re constantly swallowing air, whether you realize it or not. It happens while eating, drinking, chewing gum, or smoking. Even loose-fitting dentures can result in swallowing excess air. This excess air is typically let out by burping, and some is absorbed into your intestines which causes you to pass gas.


  • Abdominal bloating or pain
  • Feeling of fullness after eating little food
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea


  • Sudden onset of intensifying pain in the upper, right side or center of your abdomen.
  • Pain in your back, between your shoulder blades
  • Right shoulder pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever


  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Extreme stress. This can be from serious or life-threatening health problems.
  • Long-term use of aspirin and over-the-counter pain relievers, also known as NSAIDs


  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (daily, in severe cases)
  • Trouble managing blood sugar
  • Feeling full quickly when eating
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Poor appetite and unintentional weight loss


  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue


  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, sometimes with vomiting.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Bloating
  • Gas


  • Increased pressure within the abdomen
  • A pre-existing weak area in the abdominal wall
  • Excessive straining when urinating or passing a bowel movement
  • Strenuous exercise/physical activity
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing


  • Overeating or eating too quickly
  • Fatty, greasy, or spicy foods
  • Too much caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, or carbonated drinks
  • Smoking
  • Anxiety


  • A burning pain in the chest that occurs after eating and at night.
  • Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over.
  • A bitter or acidic taste in the mouth.


  • Increased hunger
  • Decreased appetite
  • Cravings
  • Aversions
  • Nausea and vomiting


  • Asthma
  • Birth defects (Spina bifida or cleft lip, for example) 
  • Cancer (including breast, ovarian, prostate, bowel/colon, or melanoma skin cancer) 
  • Diabetes


  • Age-related diaphragm changes
  • Injury to the area (trauma, surgery complications, etc.)  
  • Being born with an unusually large hiatus
  • Persistent and severe pressure on surrounding muscles (while coughing, vomiting, straining when passing a bowel movement, exercising, etc.)


  • Trouble swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Lack of appetite when you would expect to be hungry
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea


  • Family history.
  • Being male.
  • Being white.
  • Being over 50 years old.
  • Chronic heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Being a smoker (past or present).
  • Being overweight.


  • Gastroparesis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach lining


  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Low/no appetite when expecting to be hungry
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion