Topic: Working with your healthcare provider
Fact Sheet: Changes You Should Not Ignore if You Have IBS247
An "alarm" symptom, sometimes also called a "red flag," simply means a symptom not explained by IBS, which calls for additional investigation. Dr. Thompson discusses the development of alarm symptoms and how to know when to see your doctor about them.Topics: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Other Disorders/Symptoms, Working with your healthcare provider
Fact Sheet: Avoiding Drug Adverse Effects248
Adverse effects are undesirable and sometimes harmful results from drugs or other therapies. To understand adverse effects we must first understand what is a drug, how it normally works, and why even the most beneficial drugs may cause harm. Tips on how to avoid adverse effects.
Fact Sheet: Buying Health Products and Services Online256
The web is convenient for comparing prescription drug prices, researching health products and services, and preparing for your next medical appointment. Use these tips to be smart and safe when researching health products and services online.
Fact Sheet: Be an Active Member of Your Health Care Team257
Doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and you make up your health care team. To reduce the risks from using medicines and to get the most benefit, you need to be an active member of the team.
Fact Sheet: Talking To Your Doctor About Incontinence316
Most people feel uneasy talking about their stool, intestinal gas, or bowel movements. But doctors understand that these are very normal and necessary processes in all of us. Doctors and other therapists are there to help when bodily processes go wrong. So the first very important step is to talk plainly about the problems you are experiencing.
Many otherwise healthy, active people suffer from incontinence or loss of bowel control. Incontinence is a long-term, stressful, and limiting disorder. An effective treatment and management plan for incontinence minimizes episodes and allows individuals to regain a sense of personal control. Treatments are tailored to address each person’s specific symptoms and may include a number of approaches.
Fact Sheet: Talking to Your Doctor About GERD535
Tips on preparing for your doctor's appointment and questions to ask.
Fact Sheet: Do I Need Another Endoscopy?549
This Clinical Corner article explains the current guidelines for how often an endoscopy should be performed in patients with GERD or Barrett's Esophagus.Topics: Clinical Corner, Esophageal Disorders, GER, GERD, Tests, upper GI tract, Working with your healthcare provider
This Clinical Corner article clarifies some of the concerns and misconceptions surrounding the issue of whether there are risks accompanying the long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) to treat GERD.Topics: Clinical Corner, Esophageal Disorders, GER, GERD, Heartburn, Working with your healthcare provider
In this issue:
- GERD Awareness Week
- Surgical Treatment of GERD
- How to Get the Most from Your Doctor Visit
- Books of Interest
- Treatment News
- Professional Announcements
- Community News
- Looking Ahead to the 113th Congress
- Awareness Walk for Gastroparesis
- FDA Testimony on Short Bowel Syndrome
- Seeking Cures
- Taking Action
Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.Topics: DHM Magazines, Gastroparesis, GER, GERD, short bowel syndrome, Working with your healthcare provider
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