Digestive discomforts like heartburn, stomach upset, acid reflux and painful gas could be symptoms of serious medical problems. If you have questions about your digestive health, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a digestive health assessment and learn more about conditions you may have.
Jackson Purchase Medical Center is one of the only hospitals in the region performing endoscopic ultrasounds. This non-invasive procedure is primarily used to detect pancreatic, esophageal and gastric cancers, as well as benign tumors of the upper gastro-intestinal tract. Endoscopic ultrasound may help in the evaluation of:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15% of U.S. adults and is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions among physicians. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, meaning there is a disturbance in bowel function. Signs of IBS often arise during late adolescence or early adulthood, especially during times of emotional distress. IBS does not cause inflammation of the GI tract and does not increase your risk for colon cancer.
Symptoms of IBS include:
Commonly confused with IBS, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe conditions that cause inflammation of the GI tract. These include the conditions Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Your GI tract ranges from the mouth to the anus and is most commonly damaged by IBD in the small intestine. IBD typically stems from a weakened immune system, sometimes triggered by genetics or environmental factors, such as viruses and bacteria.
Symptoms of IBD include:
Jackson Purchase Medical Center houses two GI doctors as well as two APRNs in the field.
We are no longer requiring a physician's referral to schedule a colonoscopy or a GI office visit. To schedule an appointment, call 270.251.4575.
Introduction – The Digestive System