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  • Blood in My Stool? Not Cool...

    Many colorectal conditions can be silent and symptoms may present themselves suddenly. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your bowel movements as a part of regularly monitoring your health. We don’t always know what’s going on inside, but we get a better idea when we know what’s coming out. One very common indicator of a problem, whether big or small, is noticing blood in your stool. But don’t panic if you’ve seen blood when you poop. Instead, start a conversation with your doctor. Prevention is key to living a long and happy life, so don’t be afraid to have an uncomfortable conversation. It could save your life or even just help you live better day to day. A colorectal specialist or a gastrointestinal specialist is where you should start first. Skip the wait and save the money finding this out from your primary care doctor. A colon and rectal specialist can help not only diagnose your condition, but also can provide any treatment options whether non-surgical or surgical care is needed. Dr. Shiraz Farooq is here with me today to answer those questions about when you noticed blood during bowel movements. — From a patient’s perspective blood is always scary. How should I react to noticing blood in the toilet? Should I be concerned about blood in my stool? Bright red blood in the stool or rectal bleeding is an alarming symptom for some when it happens the first time. Mostly it is painless and we only notice some bloody smears or a few drops in the toilet bowel. Sometimes, however, even a few drops of blood can make a toilet bowl red and scary. For some patients, losing blood is a common daily practice because their colonic and gastrointestinal region is inflamed and it causes bloody diarrhea. All in all, it is not a pleasant experience by most patients. After you have Googled your symptoms, contact a specialist near you who can identify and correct the problem at the earliest. Is it ever normal to bleed during a bowel movement? What does blood in stool indicate? NO. Blood in the stool is always abnormal and indicates that the colon and rectal lining has some injury or inflammation causing the blood vessels to leak blood. Such a problem can be simply due to hemorrhoidal vessels causing the bleeding, other anorectal issues or due to colitis or gastrointestinal inflammation called gastroenteritis. Sometimes colon cancer in the gastrointestinal and colonic tract can cause bleeding. More or less, rectal bleeding means there is a problem of the lower part of the digestive tract, which could be related to many conditions, like hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, to name a few. It’s best to let a gastrointestinal or a colorectal specialist decide… Are there foods I should avoid or include in my diet to help prevent bleeding? Avoid alcohol as it can cause the bleeding to continue, avoid or reduce aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Caffeine and nicotine and soda can also irritate the GI tract, thus reducing or avoiding them can improve symptoms. But the foods you eat cannot necessarily cause or cure your condition. Add fiber in your diet to promote colonic healing as fiber can be a helpful prebiotic agent. Whole grains, prune juice, flaxseed powder, legumes, dates, lentils and other vegetables can help keep the stools soft and prevent constipation and blockage. Addition of iron rich foods can help also. I have changed the common proverb: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” to “Two apples a day keeps the proctologist away”. I am bleeding a lot when I poop. What might be some other symptoms I notice? Symptoms vary, of course, depending on the actual issue, but with common problems of the colon and rectum it is likely you may notice the following symptoms in addition to anal bleeding: Anal discomfort, sitting pain, rectal swelling, inflammation, difficulty defecating, fecal incontinence, constipation, distention, stomach pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc. Does constipation cause bleeding of the rectum? Constipation and excessive straining and pushing to pass a large bowel movement or a hard poop can lead to smears or streaks of blood on the toilet paper. This combined with lack exercise and immobility and not drinking enough water can lead to worsening of symptoms of constipation. Constipation, however, is not the reason you are bleeding. Nor is constipation normal. If you are experiencing chronic or prolonged periods of irregular or difficult bowel movements, don’t wait to ask a proctologist. Does stress cause rectal bleeding? Stress can have physiological effects on your body, including indigestion, cramping, bloating, etc. These effects are irritants to your lower digestive tract, and if you have an underlying colorectal condition, they may cause your condition to worsen at times, which may increase your symptoms - like bleeding during bowel movements. Therefore, stress can contribute to rectal bleeding, but does not cause it per se. Does dehydration cause rectal bleeding? A low fiber diet in combination with dehydration can result in more straining during bowel movements. This puts pressure on your blood vessels in the rectum and this can cause bleeding when you use the bathroom if you develop hemorrhoids or other anal issues. Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS cause anal bleeding? IBS does not typically cause blood in stool. The common symptoms of IBS include: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, cramping, mucus, and gas. If you have anal bleeding with IBS, schedule an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist. Can your liver cause blood in your stool? An unhealthy liver can often go undetected until something emergent occurs at the point of chronic liver failure. Only in such a case of chronic liver failure might you have blood in the stool as a related symptom. How long should I wait to see a doctor if I find blood when using in the bathroom? Why wait? If symptoms are appearing there has already been a problem hiding long enough. Take care of yourself by putting your health first. Do not wait. Blood in your poop will not go away on its own. Will blood in my stool come back? Depending on your condition, a colorectal doctor can help you determine your treatment plan and expectation for healing. In general, drink more water, eat more plant fiber and avoid straining. Go see your doctors for routine exams. Take your health seriously! Have at least a primary care doctor who knows your history and can connect you with the right specialists when needed. — Contact a proctologist first with any hemorrhoidal problems (hemorrhoid creams don’t work! - try a suppository), if you need a screening colonoscopy, or if you need colorectal surgery. These doctors are here to save your butt! — At ColoWell America, Dr. Farooq specializes in nutrition counseling, and plant medicine eduction and treatment options. He is an expert in the gold-standard treatment for hemorrhoids - Rubber Band Ligation. If you want a Board Certified colorectal specialist in Tampa, who cares about you from top to bottom, contact his amazing team today! 813-278-6430 STAY SAFE! — Read our Google reviews. — COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 info@colowellamerica.com — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

  • Gastrointestinal Problems & Covid-19

    While we pay attention to what’s going on in the world concerning the latest in health news about the novel corona virus and Covid-19 data, we are thinking of you and how this pandemic crisis can affect our patients directly. Don't be concerned or afraid. We have answers for you. Reviewing research from Chinese scientists and new information collected by Stanford University, it has been gathered that nearly half of all corona virus patients suffer gastrointestinal symptoms and related digestive problems. Even when flu-like or respiratory symptoms were not present, some patients with Covid-19 experienced nausea, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding and other similar GI problems. Diarrhea can commonly be the first sign of a Covid-19 infection before fever or flu symptoms develop, if those symptoms even develop at all. What does this mean if you already have GI issues? Results did not find people with prior diagnosed gastrointestinal disorders, like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), to be more prone to catching the corona virus. In other words, having IBD or any other gastrointestinal disease, doesn’t increase your risk for Covid-19. Although, some new classes of immune-modulation medications can make patients more susceptible to the virus infection, so ask your prescribing doctors if you have questions about the medicines you are currently taking in relation to corona virus risk. Boost you immunity with simple probiotic food solutions, like yogurt, honey, ground flaxseed powder, ground nuts, etc. A daily five to ten minute personal exercise regimen can help also. We recommend yoga-like exercises to improve your spinal extension and core strength. If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, you may be wondering if you should venture out to see a doctor… We recommend taking all precautions and measures necessary to ensure your health and protect your family. Wear masks in indoor public places and practice sanitation practices and social distancing. Avoid waiting until your condition is emergent so you don’t have to visit a populated hospital and can avoid complicated treatments or procedures that require longer recovery and cost you a fortune! While primary care providers and urgent care clinics can also be an option, they often don’t have the capacity to handle specialty concerns and will have to give you a referral. During this crisis time, Dr. Farooq says, “See a specialist first.” You want to be taken care of in one location and get real answers, not recommendations. Keep in mind, tele-encounters are the cutting edge delivery of medicine and doctors to your living room. While some visits require in-office evaluation, you can save trips on appointments for results, prescriptions and simple follow-ups. Even if you require a surgery or procedure, like a colonoscopy, many pre-operative appointments can be done easily over video call. Contact your insurance to find specialists in your network. Look for self-pay rates too! Some providers will have competitive prices that insurances can’t beat with high deductibles and premiums. Remember: Health is Wealth. Use preventative health measures by ensuring your diet is rich in the right foods. The best digestive health is fueled by fiber, which scrubs your colon clean. Certain foods and supplements can also boost your natural immunity. A plant-based diet is recommended. See more of our blog to read more on these topics. Keep yourself informed and well so you don’t have any doctor visits soon! Contact us for questions about ways to stay eat nutritious. We have a walk-in CBD Lounge, certify qualified medical cannabis patients, and offer expert colorectal care. For more questions and consultation, call our office at (813) 278-6430. For everyone’s protection, masks are currently required for all entry and only patient entry is permitted, no guests please. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. STAY SAFE! — LINKS BELOW For More Information on the Sources Mentioned Above: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-03-19/almost-half-of-coronavirus-patients-have-digestive-symptoms https://www.healthline.com/health/coronavirus-diarrhea#seeking-medical-help Read our Google reviews. — COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 info@colowellamerica.com — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

  • 4 Tips When Undergoing IBS Treatment

    Effective IBS treatment with lasting results is the holy grail and last hope for all people who deal with IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that forces its sufferers to adjust their daily routines around the mood of their gut. It is an inconvenient and potentially embarrassing condition. When a person finds a treatment regimen that works, they should help it along by making a few adjustments to their daily lives. There are a few hacks that can improve the effectiveness and success of IBS treatment. In order to put the hacks to use, the patient should learn how IBS occurs and how treatment will reverse the conditions that cause it. Common treatments for IBS Some people have IBS that is triggered by certain foods. Others have IBS that is caused by an overgrowth of gut bacteria or gut flora that is out of balance. Whatever its cause may be, IBS is hard to diagnose, since there is no standard set of symptoms that fit every case. IBS treatment depends on the diagnosis of the root cause. Some common treatment options are: Antibiotics to curb the overgrowth of bacteria Serotonin-like drugs to regulate bowel movements Bulking agents and antispasmodics to deal with diarrhea and stomach cramps Drugs that stimulate fluid secretion in the gut to deal with constipation Alternative treatments like probiotics Change in eating habits A doctor will personalize treatment based on a person's symptoms and the underlying cause of the IBS. Making IBS treatment more effective A person should take care not to negate the progress made by their treatment. To improve the outcome of IBS treatment, a person should: 1. Make dietary changes A person who suffers from food-triggered IBS knows the things that set it off. They should make a point of staying away from those foods. For good measure, they should quit junk food and adopt a healthy diet. 2. Ask the doctor for supplements to restore any nutrients lost to IBS People who suffer from diarrhea because of IBS often lose minerals like zinc. The doctor should correct any deficiencies by prescribing medication or supplements. 3. Avoid things that could react badly with IBS medication A person should let their doctor know if they are on medication. This information will help the doctor to choose IBS treatments that will not react with said medication. The same goes for any supplements, foods or beverages that may cause a bad reaction. 4. Monitor the progress of the treatment Keep a journal where you can note how your body reacts to the medication and your new diet. The doctor will need this information to help with treatment. This data will help the doctor to decide whether to stay the course or make adjustments to the treatment plan. See an IBS specialist to get tailor-made treatment As far as IBS goes, no two people have the same treatment plan. For treatment to work, you will need to find a doctor who will listen to you and monitor your progress every step of the way. If you want to be free of the limitations that IBS has put on you, come to our Tampa office and talk to a specialist today. Request an appointment here: https://colowellamerica.com or call Colowell America at (813) 278-6430 for an appointment in our Tampa office. Check out what others are saying about our services on Google: Read our Google reviews. COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 info@colowellamerica.com — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

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  • Fast Track Colonoscopy | ColoWell America | Tampa, FL

    | ColoWell America Fast Track Colonoscopy ​ A Fast Track Colonoscopy is a standard procedure that does not require a prior consultation, unless deemed necessary by the physician based on the patient’s medical history. Each referred patient will receive a phone consultation by our team member, who will determine their eligibility. Once the patient is regarded as eligible, they will be scheduled for the procedure based on health insurance benefits and facility availability. ​ Are you ELIGIBLE for a Fast Track Colonoscopy? Fill out the questionnaire below and automatically submit your information to our team. You will receive a call from ColoWell America to help arrange your next steps. ​ How to reach us If you have questions about our Fast Track Colonoscopy program, you can email us using or call . We will be happy to answer your questions. ColoWell America is located at . info@colowellamerica.com (813) 278-6430 2313 W Violet St Ste A Tampa, FL 33603 ​ ​ Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Fast Track Colonoscopy Please fill out the following form to help us understand your medical condition. Full Name - First & Last Phone Number Date of Birth Did you doctor refer you for a colonoscopy due to BLOOD IN YOUR STOOL? No Yes For the past 30 days, have you had any CONSTIPATION, DIARRHEA, or ABDOMINAL PAIN? No Yes For the past 6 months, have you had any RECTAL BLEEDING or ANEMIA? No Yes Have you had any SEIZURES, FAINTING or DIZZINESS from an UNKNOWN CAUSE? No Yes Are you on any BLOOD THINNER MEDICATIONS? No Yes Have you had any WEIGHT LOSS PROCEDURES in the LAST 5 YEARS? No Yes Are you in between the ages of 50-75, or if African American age 45-75? No Yes Submit Thanks for submitting! We will contact you soon!

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    Services View Hemorrhoids Services PAINLESS QUICK IN-OFFICE ANORECTAL/ GASTROINTESTINAL SERVICES Get relief and treatment for anorectal and gastrointestinal conditions Insurance & Self-Payment Available Learn More MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATIONS Get pre-qualified for Florida Medical Marijuana card (MMJ) ​ Self-Payment Only Learn More CBD SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE IN-OFFICE Get educated about hemp-derived CBD products Cash/ Credit Card Accepted Learn More

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