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By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
September 23, 2021
Tags: abdominal pain  

We've all struggled with stomach aches, some more troublesome than others, and a few that really worried us. There is a lot going on in the area around your abdomen including many important organs, muscle tissue that can become strained, and your gastrointestinal tract. Your lifestyle along with your health and family history all hold clues as to what the cause could be for your abdominal pain. The only way to know for sure what the underlying problem is, is by visiting your physician. Not every bellyache needs emergency intervention, your level of discomfort is a good guide to follow, but don't ignore any abdominal pain. Learn more about the possible issues that could be to blame by reaching out to your Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, gastroenterologist of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, Dr. Anubha Sinha.

Common Causes

Lifting heavy objects, especially if done incorrectly, or when lifting too much, can cause damage to the muscle tissues around your abdomen. The action can cause a muscle strain and possibly even a hernia. Organ failure can manifest in the form of abdominal pain from the kidneys, the appendix, and even the pain from a heart attack, among others.

What tends to be the most common source of stomach pain is problems with our digestion and with our gastrointestinal tract. The blame can fall on overeating, a virus, or an underlying condition.

Gastrointestinal Care in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ

Severe pain is a sign that you should seek immediate care, the more painful, the less you are able to just go about your daily activities and the quicker you need to see your doctor. In some instances, such as with appendicitis, visiting an emergency room is your best course of action. Just keep in mind not to ignore signs that something could be wrong.

What may seem like simple indigestion may not be so simple if it keeps coming back. An underlying chronic condition could cause recurring symptoms, so it's important not to ignore these either. Schedule a consultation with your gastroenterologist in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, Dr. Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, by dialing (908) 788-8200.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
September 15, 2021

Dealing with acid reflux? Here’s how we can help…

You love Taco Tuesday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to love you back. Now you are dealing with the burning and discomfort of heartburn. We’ve all been there; however, if acid reflux and heartburn seem to be all too commonplace for you these days, then it may be time to turn to our Flemington, NJ, gastroenterologist Dr. Anubha Sinha for answers and treatment options.

What is acid reflux?

The stomach produces acid that helps to break down food. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a bundle of muscle that opens up to allow food into the stomach, but closes to prevent the food from traveling back into the esophagus; however, if the LES is damaged or weak it may not close, which can cause acid and bile to travel back through the throat, resulting in acid reflux.

Is acid reflux dangerous?

If you have the occasional bout of acid reflux it may certainly be unpleasant but it’s usually nothing to worry about; however, if you are dealing with severe symptoms that are affecting what you eat, your symptoms occur two or more times a week or you are popping antacids every day, it’s time to see our Flemington, NJ, gastroenterologist. After all, recurring and persistent acid reflux is often a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and untreated GERD can lead to more serious issues.

How does a gastroenterologist treat acid reflux?

If you have acid reflux but you’re not dealing with GERD, then simple lifestyle modifications can help reduce heartburn episodes. These lifestyle changes include,

  • Losing weight, if overweight or obese
  • Eating smaller but more frequent meals rather than larger meals
  • Quitting tobacco and smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol, chocolate, greasy or spicy foods, tomatoes and other trigger foods and drinks
  • Not lying down immediately after eating
  • Not eating 2-3 hours before bedtime

These habits along with the occasional use of certain over-the-counter medications designed to treat heartburn may be able to help you if you deal with irregular bouts of heartburn. However, if you have GERD, you will require different care.

While lifestyle modifications will remain the same for those with GERD, the medications used to treat this condition will be different from those that help with occasional heartburn symptoms. After all, the goal of GERD treatment is not only to manage heartburn and acid reflux but also to give the lining of the esophagus time to heal. Common medications prescribed to treat GERD include proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers (also referred to as H2 receptor antagonists).

Our gastroenterologist Dr. Sinha and the team at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists are ready to welcome you to their Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, practices. If you are dealing with recurring or severe acid reflux, call us at (908) 788-8200 to schedule an evaluation.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
June 30, 2021
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids are a fairly common condition in adults that is also easy to treat. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of hemorrhoids so that you can treat them immediately. Dr. Anubha Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, can help you identify when you may be affected by hemorrhoids and how they can be treated.

Symptoms and Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be caused by a variety of conditions that affect your digestive system. Some common causes of hemorrhoids are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Aging
  • Straining During Bowel Movements
  • Spending Long Periods of Time on the Toilet

Hemorrhoids can also be hereditary, so it’s important to know if you have a family history of hemorrhoids.

There are some common symptoms that your gastroenterologist in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, can help you identify. Some examples of common symptoms are:

  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Sensitive lumps around the anus
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • Irritation in the anal area

Treating Hemorrhoids

Once your doctor diagnoses your hemorrhoids, you’ll be able to start treatment and start feeling comfortable again. There are many home remedies that your doctor may suggest to reduce irritation and discomfort. Some common remedies include:

  • Eating high-fiber foods
  • Using topical creams or pads that contain a numbing agent
  • Soaking in a warm bath for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Using oral pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

With these treatments, pain should go away in about a week, and if not, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment to remove your hemorrhoids.

Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today!

Don’t live with the pain of hemorrhoids. Contact your gastroenterologist today to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of hemorrhoids. Call Dr. Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, today at (908) 788-8200!