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Ask Dr. Etingin: Diverticulitis; Swollen Ankles; Bunion Surgery

Q: Can diverticulosis cause any serious complications?

A: Diverticulosis develops in weak areas along the walls of the colon; it is characterized by tiny sacs—diverticula—that bulge through these weak spots. Low-fiber diets, physical inactivity, and obesity are associated with diverticulosis. Symptoms of diverticulosis include constipation, bloating, and mild cramps.

Two major complications

A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not.

A person should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight.  Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life—that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us

Should You Use an Enema for Constipation?

Should You Use an Enema for Constipation?

Being constipated stinks—your bowel movements are dry, almost painful to pass, with little relief. Worse yet, you can manage to push something through only a couple of days a week. You feel bloated, fatigued, and just plain uncomfortable. It’s all you can think about. And, after a week or so,

How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

An impacted bowel is one of the more unpleasant digestive issues you can experience. Bowel obstruction symptoms occur when a mass of dry, hard stool will not pass out of the colon or rectum. Bowel impaction can become a serious issue if not treated, and in extreme cases may even

5. Back Pain

Almost any list of the most commonly reported pain conditions places back pain at or near the top. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey regarding the most common types of pain, 27 percent of the respondents mentioned back pain first.
Risk Factors for Back Pain
Back pain does not discriminate.

10. Diseases and Disorders of the Rectum and Anus

The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire

2. Diagnostic Tests

In many cases, a digestive disorder can be diagnosed from common symptoms, a physical exam, and simple blood tests. But many digestive disorders share symptoms, making diagnosis tricky. Plus, some diseases, like colon cancer, need to be detected before symptoms appear so they can be effectively treated. In these incidences,

1. How Your Digestive System Works

It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.

But there is much more going on every time

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of

Fighting Disrupted Digestion

Fighting Disrupted Digestion

There are many health conditions that can affect your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and cause uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient symptoms like constipation, gas, and bloating. But what if you can’t blame a specific health condition? You and your doctor have confirmed you don’t have irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or lactose

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