Over the last 20 years rates of GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) have increased, as well as “functional” gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), which are responsible for more than one third of digestive problems. However, research shows that the need for surgery has reduced with the development of inflammatory medication and with better controlling of H.pylori infections the prevalence of peptic ulcers has decreased.
Heartburn is on the rise in many countries. People resort to self-treatment for heartburn by using Proton pump inhibitors, which are extremely safe to use, with a low risk of side effects and complications from long-term use. However, the fact that they are so safe can result in them being over-prescribed.
The best habit for the digestive system is also the best one for health in general: a balanced diet, rich in fibre and fresh vegetables, as well as regular exercise.
For years, Rick had been struggling to come to terms with persistent abdominal pain, and bloating. Diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) he had tried various medications, yet the symptoms always seemed to return. Surgery for a hiatal hernia seemed to resolve the reflux but ended up aggravating the IBS and the uncomfortable, embarrassing episodes began to occur more often.
Rick’s condition was affecting everything he did, and he wanted to know more about why his body was reacting the way it was, and what he could do to improve his quality of life.
Rick contacted Best Doctors who selected an internationally leading gastroenterologist for a complete case review. While he agreed with the IBS diagnosis, he was not convinced about the GORD and recommended further testing to determine whether acid reflux was still an issue or if Rick’s surgery had resulted in complications that were causing similar symptoms.
The expert also suggested key underlying conditions that should be ruled out, including malabsorption of bile acid and coeliac disease. Advising Rick to focus his treatment on diet, he made sure to provide him with practical lifestyle changes that he could work into his daily life and suggested medication changes for improvement of the IBS symptoms. The Best Doctors expert report opened new possibilities for Rick and provided him with practical treatment solutions for managing his condition and living comfortably again.
‘’ Best Doctors were so thorough with their findings, and I liked how they showed me the different things I could try to improve my health.’’
The signs of a gastrointestinal disorder can be subtle or confusing. If you are unsure or have questions, Best Doctors can help.
Using Best Doctors has meant a change in diagnosis for 20% of our members, and a change in treatment for 43% of gastrointestinal disorder sufferers.
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