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Liver Disease Awareness Month: How to Prevent Liver Disease

November 15, 2022

About one in 10 Americans suffer from some type of liver disease, with several factors putting some patients at a higher risk. Inherited conditions, weight, alcohol consumption, and infections may play a role, causing chronic liver disease or cirrhosis in approximately 5.5 million Americans. Despite the push for prevention, chronic liver disease is on the […]

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What Should I Eat During a Diverticulitis Flare Up?

November 15, 2022

What Is Diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the small pouches that line your digestive system. When the diverticula, most often the ones found in the lower part of the large intestine (colon), become inflamed or infected, unpleasant symptoms often result. Diverticulosis (the growth of these small, bulging pouches) is a […]

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10 Tips for Improving Gut Health

October 4, 2022

When your digestive system is functioning properly, it is easy to forget the important role it plays. But your gut’s microbiome is, in fact, the foundation of your overall health. A healthy gut has a balance of microorganisms, with a variety of bacteria needed to reduce the risk of several GI conditions – like inflammatory […]

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What Is GERD Disease?

October 4, 2022

Heartburn is common, with the unpleasant burning sensation often indicating acid reflux. This condition is experienced by one in three Americans on a weekly basis, but with lifestyle modifications, most symptoms can be alleviated. But if heartburn persists, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be to blame. Also called chronic acid reflux, GERD impacts abouts 20% […]

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Understanding Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms, Types, and Risk Factors 

September 21, 2022

Ulcerative colitis is one form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. A lifelong condition with potentially dangerous complications, ulcerative colitis requires treatment from a GI specialist you can trust – like the ones you’ll find at Charleston GI! Ulcerative colitis is characterized as the chronic inflammation of the colon. […]

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What Is the BRAT Diet? 

September 21, 2022

Bumps, bruises, and sniffles are common for children, with parents always at the ready with a bandage and a comforting hug. But more serious symptoms are highly concerning, especially when children are very young.  Indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea may require a trip to the pediatrician. For years, the BRAT Diet was recommended to ease the […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Crohn’s Disease?

August 25, 2022

Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease that impacts the gastrointestinal tract, results in unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, weight loss, severe diarrhea and more.  The disease affects about half a million Americas, both men and women equally. Symptoms usually emerge in a patient’s late teens, 2os and 30s – but in some cases, […]

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What Are The Treatment Options For Pancreatitis?

August 25, 2022

Pancreatitis is a GI condition that involves the inflammation of the pancreas, an organ found behind the stomach on the left side of the body. Inflammation – and the unpleasant symptoms it causes – occurs when the enzymes used for digestion begin to attack the pancreas. Stomach pain as well as nausea and vomiting are […]

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Warning Signs of Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis

August 25, 2022

Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by the irritation and swelling of the pancreas. The pancreas not only produces enzymes needed to break down food, but hormones used to regulate blood sugar levels. Because the pancreas plays an important role in digestion, intestinal discomfort is a common symptom of pancreatitis.  Symptoms, and the treatments used to […]

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Who Should Schedule a Colonoscopy? 

August 25, 2022

A colonoscopy is a powerful prevention tool, but the procedure itself is quite simple. Your Charleston gastroenterology specialist will perform your colonoscopy, checking for signs of cancer as well as other changes in your large intestine and rectum. Read on to learn more about who should schedule a colorectal screening – and when! Charleston GI […]

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Is My Nausea COVID-19 Related? Gastrointestinal Problems vs COVID-19

May 26, 2022

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with the flu, sometimes making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can be associated with both COVID-19 and other everyday illnesses – but a trained gastroenterologist can help! Our GI specialists have provided some useful insights below, so take a look! How Do I Know if My […]

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Is Diarrhea A COVID-19 Symptom?

May 26, 2022

Early diagnosis is key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. That is why it is important to recognize the symptoms! Read on to learn more about what to watch for. Is Diarrhea a COVID-19 symptom? While considered a rare symptom, diarrhea could potentially point to COVID-19. If you are experiencing diarrhea, consult your gastroenterologist. A […]

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What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?

April 25, 2022

Your colonoscopy is a simple procedure, but it is important to follow your GI specialist’s instructions before and after your visit. While colonoscopy prep often receives more attention, there are a few things to keep in mind following your procedure as well. For instance a common question is, “What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?” […]

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How Long Does A Colonoscopy Procedure Take?

April 25, 2022

Colon cancer is a serious disease, but screening for it is simple. A colonoscopy, an outpatient procedure performed by your GI specialist, is recommended for all Americans over 45 years old. Charleston GI makes quality care even more convenient, performing colonoscopies at our three local endoscopy centers. What Is A Colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is used […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Colon Cancer? Colon Cancer Awareness Month 2022

March 14, 2022

In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Charleston GI is shining the light on a disease that claims far too many lives right here in our community. While our gastroenterologists focus year-round on preventing colorectal cancer, we would like to take this opportunity to answer a few commonly asked questions. What is Colon Cancer? Colon […]

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Common Unhealthy Habits That Harm Your Digestive Health

March 14, 2022

The choices you make every day impact your digestive health. Even seemingly insignificant decisions, like which snack to munch on, can affect your body’s function – and the way you feel. Stress also plays a major role, plaguing many Americans and contributing to a host of unhealthy habits harming your digestion and overall health. In […]

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Are You Living With An Esophageal Motility Disorder?

January 3, 2022

Esophageal motility disorder is a condition that affects the digestive tract, causing unpleasant symptoms and a disruption to everyday life. For patients suffering from this GI disorder, the esophageal muscles fail to contract and therefore, do not deliver food and liquid to the stomach properly. Motility disorders can be remedied by a variety of treatments, […]

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What Gastrointestinal Disorders Can A Colonoscopy Detect?

January 3, 2022

While a colonoscopy is a powerful prevention tool, the procedure itself is really quite simple– and certainly nothing to fear. Thanks to modern medical technology, colonoscopies are accurate detectors of colorectal cancer, making it one of the most preventable of all cancers. So let’s begin learning more on what gastrointestinal disorders a colonoscopy detect. After […]

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How Can Living With Diabetes Affect Your Digestive System?

November 5, 2021

Diabetes is a systemic disease. It occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use it properly. Because it affects various parts of the body, diabetes can increase your risk for other health issues. These issues include heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and gastrointestinal conditions. Therefore, patients with diabetes have higher than […]

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Why You May Feel Uncomfortably Full After Eating? It May Be Gastroparesis

November 5, 2021

There are many potential reasons why you may experience digestive discomfort and feel uncomfortably full after eating a meal. Your overeating can be the cause. There are other symptoms that can also point to more serious disorders. It may be gastroparesis. If feelings of fullness occur constantly, even after eating small portions, gastroparesis can be […]

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