Bianca Chiara, MD: Hoboken NJ Functional Medicine Clinic
Digestive Issues Doctor Hoboken NJ: Digestive disorders can come in a multitude of forms including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diverticulitus, Acid Reflux (Heartburn), Chron’s Disease and Colitis. Symptoms of these disorders can include cramps, gas, bloating, constipation, frequent stomach pains, diarrhea and loose stools.
Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Digestive Disorders
Many factors can contribute to digestive disorders but food is the biggest of them. People who have sensitive digestive systems will be affected with IBS the most and poor dieting can cause many of the problems.
- Food: many common food allergens can cause digestive issues including dairy, gluten, corn, eggs and nightshades. Caffeine, chocolate, fried foods and alcohol can also be a trigger for IBS and other digestive conditions.
- Stress: The colon has many nerves that are connected directly to the brain. The nerves control the normal contractions of the colon and can cause abdominal discomfort.
- Medications: every individual will respond in a different manner to medications and many of those medications can stimulate negative affects in the digestive tract, especially when multiple medications are combined.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects mostly women. Causes are still unknown, however, IBS symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal cramps.
Diverticulitis in an inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract. More than 200,00 cases are reported every year and symptoms may include fever, nausea, abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits.
Acid Reflux (Heartburn)
Acid reflux is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining. Acid reflux and heartburn more than twice a week may indicate GERD. Acid reflux is commonly caused by a hiatal hernia. A Hiatal Hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes on its way to connect to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia. Bad heartburn or abdominal pain can often be associated with this affliction.
Chron’s disease can cause weight loss, anemia, fatigue, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).
Treating the Root Causes of Digestive Disorders with Functional Medicine:
Most conventional medicine practitioners will simply treat the symptoms of digestive disorders without addressing the root problem of the disease. The gut is where most digestive issues begin and almost every disorder of the gut is inflammation and/or autoimmune related.
Various tests are conducted to find the root cause of the disorder upon which various treatment protocols will be recommended by Dr. Chira. These may include nutritional and supplementation programs, food testing, stress management and probiotics.
I usually don’t like doctors and went to 2 others in Hoboken before Dr. Chiara. Dr. Chiara was kind, honest and efficient. Had no problem getting an appointment and did not have to wait very long. While most doctors have a nurse or assistant take you into the office, take your information, and then let the doctor see you for 5 minutes, Dr. Chiara listened to all of my concerns right away and I was in an out of the office in less than half an hour. Have already recommended her to a handful of friends.