What is the purpose of a colonoscopy?A colonoscopy helps detect abnormalities such as bleeding sites, polyps, inflammations or tumors. Biopsies may be taken to determine the presence of Colitis/Crohn's disease, to detect cancer or remove polyps.
If I notice a change in bowel movements, should I go to the doctor?You should consult your doctor if you notice changes in bowel habit in order to rule out any underlying diseases or disorders.
What can I do to alleviate acid reflux?Don't eat large portions at one time; elevate your head while sleeping; don't eat for 2-3 hours before bed; avoid coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, alcohol, chocolate, peppermint and fatty food. It is best to consult your physician to advise necessary medication and evaluation.
My doctor says I have IBS. What can I do to relieve symptoms?Presentation varies with different patients, and other more serious indicators have to be demonstrated first. Different diet, meds and other supportive measures may help patients with IBS.