Gastrointestinal Specialist

Primary & Alternative Medical Center

Jean Welsh, MD

Family Medicine Practice located in Silver Spring, MD

Adults and children living in Silver Spring, Maryland who suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) issues can work with the experts at Primary & Alternative Medical Center for treatment. Dr. Jean Welsh and her team have experience treating most GI conditions. Call or make an appointment online if you're experiencing uncomfortable GI symptoms and get relief today.

Gastrointestinal

What Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms should I seek treatment for?

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you likely have a GI condition:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Belching, bloating and flatulence
  • Constipation and defecation problems
  • Diarrhea (chronic or severe)

If any of the above apply to you, the team at Primary & Alternative Medical Center can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and help get you relief.

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition found in approximately 10-15% of the population, but it often goes undiagnosed. IBS is a gastrointestinal condition caused by dysfunction in the gut; it isn't a structural problem or a blockage. However, the disease is a real and treatable condition.

IBS is a chronic disorder with recurring symptoms that come and go over time. Some of the symptoms one might experience include including:

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Irregular bowel habits
  • Constipation or diarrhea or both

IBS is twice as common in women than in men, and the onset of symptoms usually occurs before the age of 50. IBS's exact cause isn't clear, but experts believe it is due to a gastrointestinal (GI) tract that is more sensitive, more active, or more sluggish than would be typically expected.

Occasional diarrhea or constipation are normal. However, if they are accompanied by abdominal pain or bloating that occurs for a period longer than three months, you should have an exam by a qualified gastroenterologist.

What other GI conditions could I have?

The experts at Primary & Alternative Medical Center can diagnose and treat a wide range of GI conditions. Your doctor will conduct a complete evaluation and order tests to determine the exact cause of your GI symptoms. Several common GI conditions include:

  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Gallstone pancreatitis disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
  • Hemorrhoids and anal fissures  

GI symptoms can make life challenging for people of any age, and can impact your productivity. If you struggle with any GI symptoms, you should visit the experts at Primary & Alternative Medical Center for diagnosis and treatment. Call or make an appointment online today to start enjoying your daily life without discomfort.