Traveling and Gut Health: Tips for Happy Tummies on the Road

Relaxing by the beach or jet-setting to a new corner of the world is what vacation is all about, but digestive problems can hinder even the best-laid travel plans. The worst way to take the fun out of any trip is by spending too much time in the bathroom or having an upset stomach that […]

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Don’t Fall for These Seven Colonoscopy Myths!

The mere mention of a colonoscopy is usually accompanied by a grimace and reluctance. Despite it being a common procedure, colonoscopies are clouded in misinformation and myths, making it an easy “no” for most. However, the procedure may not be as bad as you have been led to believe – and it could even save […]

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Does Chocolate Cause Constipation? 10 Foods to Avoid for Constipation Relief

If straining in the bathroom is putting a strain on your everyday life, constipation may be to blame. The GI condition, while very common, can cause serious discomfort – and leave sufferers desperately seeking relief.  Lifestyle changes are often the solution, with modifications to diet often bringing much-needed relief. While most constipation cases don’t require […]

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Tips for Creating a Crohn’s Disease Self-Care Routine

Navigating life with Crohn’s disease often requires careful planning. With abdominal pain and frequent bathroom visits to contend with, many patients find that even everyday outings are complicated by this inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In addition to the physical toll Crohn’s disease takes on the body, it also impacts patients’ overall wellbeing – especially when […]

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The Low-Down on the Low Residue Diet

Healthy gut, happy patient. Here at Charleston GI, our team agrees that digestion plays a major role in your overall health. To promote optimal function – and keep you feeling your best – some lifestyle and diet changes may be required. If you’re experiencing unpleasant GI symptoms, a low residue diet may be the solution. […]

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Do I Have Gastroparesis? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

A healthy diet can work wonders, not only impacting your overall wellness but affecting how you feel each day. Because of the significant role that the stomach plays, it should come as no surprise that serious issues can arise when it doesn’t function as it should. Gastroparesis is one GI condition that may result. While […]

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Behind the Bathroom Door: Hemorrhoids vs. Colorectal Cancer

No matter the cause, blood in your stool is an unwelcome observation. But this symptom does not always clearly point toward a single diagnosis. Those suffering from hemorrhoids may notice blood during a trip to the bathroom, but a more serious condition could be to blame. Patients in the early stages of colorectal cancer often […]

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What to Expect After a Colonoscopy

While a colonoscopy is a routine procedure, first-time patients may feel some apprehension. To alleviate any uncertainty or unease, our GI specialists have shed some light on what to expect during and after a colonoscopy. Read on to learn more, then schedule your colon cancer screening at Charleston GI today!  What to Expect During the […]

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Spotting the Difference: Is it the Stomach Flu or Food Poisoning?

Your stomach feels like it’s twisting, and you can’t stray too far from the bathroom. Are you experiencing the aftermath of a colleague coughing into his hand before you borrowed his pen or the questionable-smelling sushi you had for dinner the night before?   Figuring out whether you are experiencing the symptoms of stomach flu […]

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Is Constipation Causing Back Pain? Exploring the Connection

Some symptoms don’t point directly to the conditions that cause them. Spotting the connection requires a gastroenterologist with an experienced eye – like the ones you’ll find here at Charleston GI! Read on to learn more about the link between constipation and back pain, then schedule your appointment – no referral needed! Understanding Constipation  The […]

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Maintaining a Healthy Gut: The 3 Ps Explained

Gut health plays a leading role in overall wellness, tied to digestion, nutrient absorption, and disease prevention. Keeping your gut in tip-top condition not only boasts benefits to your GI tract, but helps maintain a healthy immune system, heart, and more. Here at Charleston GI, we know that understanding your gut can be tricky, so […]

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Beat the Bloat: The Who, What, Why, and How of Stomach Bloating

Most people have experienced it before: that uncomfortable feeling of fullness that leaves you wondering if a big lunch is to blame. Maybe a certain ingredient is the culprit for the tightness in your belly … or perhaps a digestive issue that’s yet to be diagnosed? Understanding your digestive system is key to beating the […]

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Understanding the Low-FODMAP Diet

When it comes to taking care of your gut, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzzwords or advice floating around about diets and wonder which one is right for your needs. The low-FODMAP diet is one you may have seen float across your screen as you scroll through social media or while researching diets on […]

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Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Medical jargon and misinformation can leave patients feeling overwhelmed, but here at Charleston GI, we provide a higher standard of caring. This involves separating fact from fiction to ensure the patients we proudly serve are always informed. Our experienced gastroenterologists have provided some helpful information about colorectal cancer below, so read on to learn more. […]

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The Difference Between an Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy

You’ve probably heard the terms “endoscopy” and “colonoscopy,” whether in passing or from your own doctor, but what is the difference? Endoscopies and colonoscopies each have their own role in the GI world, each being used to take a closer look at the different parts of your GI tract.  Here at Charleston GI, we’re going […]

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What is Peptic Ulcer Disease and How to Prevent It

Peptic Ulcer Disease exam

Peptic ulcers are ulcers that form in the digestive tract caused by acid erosion in the lining of your GI tract. Peptic ulcer disease can be found in the esophagus, stomach, or the upper part of the small intestines.  Here at Charleston GI, we know making sense of what’s going on in your gut can […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS

Do you ever feel like eating or drinking “irritates” your stomach, causing you to painfully bloat, become annoyingly constipated, or send you running to the bathroom? If you answered yes to any of those, you might have irritable bowel syndrome.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a common digestive condition that causes a […]

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Easing the Fear of Getting a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy exam, getting a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy may sound daunting to a new patient, but it’s a simple, routine procedure that can be essential for your health. There’s no need to worry about a colonoscopy, as it’s only done once every 10 years and could potentially save your life. Here at Charleston GI, our doctors are in the business of […]

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What is Dyspepsia and What Can You Do About It?

What is dyspepsia and food to avoid for Dyspepsia patients

Dyspepsia is better known as indigestion and is what causes the discomfort, pain, or burning sensation often associated with indigestion. It is a common digestive issue and can display symptoms such as gas, bloating, and nausea in some cases.  If even the smallest of meals make you uncomfortable, that may be a sign of dyspepsia. […]

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The Benefits of Dietary Fiber for Your Gut

Benefits of Dietary Fiber

Throughout our lives, we’ve heard “get more fiber in your diet” a number of times. While it’s not a new concept, it’s important to understand just how great fiber is for your health. Dietary fiber is primarily found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Most people know it best for its ability to relieve […]

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