When to visit a Gastroenterologist?

Most people tend to ignore stomach problems, thinking that it will go away on its own. Choosing to ignore will only cause more trouble later on. Even common problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea should not be ignored if they have been persistent since a long time. When you face nagging symptoms such as these, it is time to visit an expert. A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specialises in treating disorders of the digestive system which includes organs such as the stomach, oesophagus, colon, pancreas, intestines and liver. Schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing symptoms of the following digestive disorders:-

Heartburn

Heartburn also known as Acid reflux, is a common disorder that affects the stomach and oesophagus. Heartburn is characterized by a constant burning sensation in the stomach that radiates upwards to the chest. If the burning sensation refuses to go away despite taking antacids, it might be an indication of a more serious problem known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If left untreated GERD can cause severe inflammation of the oesophagus and cause breathing problems.

Gallstones

Gallstones are small deposits of bile salts or cholesterol that harden inside the gallbladder. The stone can be as tiny as a grain of sand or the size of a golf ball. Some people also develop multiple stones whereas other may have only one. The typical symptom of gallstones is a searing pain on the right side of your abdomen. The pain stops when the gallstones move. Obese individuals and pregnant women have a higher risk of developing gallstones.

Lactose intolerance

If you experience uncomfortable symptoms such bloating, diarrhoea, gas or belly pain after consuming dairy products you are most likely suffering from lactose intolerance. People who are lactose intolerant produce insufficient amounts of lactase which is an enzyme that helps breakdown dairy products.

If you experience any of the above stated symptoms, you must schedule an appointment with the nearest gastroenterologist without delay. However, before booking an appointment ensure that you seek treatment only from an experienced gastroenterologist. Apollo hospitals employ some of the best gastroenterologists in India.