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By Melvin D. Bullock MD
November 05, 2018
Category: Medical Conditions

Though a simple stomach ache is often nothing to worry about, gastric issues like irritable bowel syndrome can cause serious complications and frustrating symptoms. Luckily, your gastroenterologist can help you manage your IBS symptoms to ensure that you live a happy, healthy life. Find out more about recognizing and treating irritable bowel syndrome with Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Commonly referred to by its abbreviation, IBS affects the large intestine. IBS is most often a mild condition but can be serious and produce frustrating symptoms. Some of the common signs of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • gas
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • mucous in the stool
  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal cramping

If you notice a sudden change in your bowel movements or symptoms like unexplained vomiting, anemia, difficulty swallowing, bloody stool or bleeding rectum, or unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. Common triggers of IBS include certain foods, stress, and, in some cases, hormones.

How will my doctor diagnose irritable bowel syndrome? 

Though doctors can help to minimize its symptoms, they do not know the exact cause of IBS. Some contributing causes of IBS may be related to intestinal muscular contractions, inflammation of the intestines, changes in gut flora, infection, or issues with the nervous system. Your doctor will use a physical examination alongside your medical and family history and various testing methods to determine if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Females, individuals under 50, and those who have mental health issues are more prone to IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA

Treating IBS may be as simple as avoiding what triggers it. However, your doctor may also suggest dietary restrictions, eating certain foods, and getting plenty of exercise and sleep to begin IBS treatment. Supplements, laxatives, antidepressants, or certain medications to treat IBS specifically can also help manage your symptoms.

For more information on colonoscopy or to schedule your consultation for one, please contact Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Call (770) 442-5882 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bullock today!

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
January 03, 2018
Category: Medical Conditions
Tags: colonoscopy  

As you age, staying active and healthy becomes more and more important. Preventative care also gains importance, ensuring that your colonoscopydoctor finds and treats any potential health concerns early before they become more complex issues requiring more invasive treatments. Colonoscopy is a super-effective preventative tool, helping patients stay healthy for years to come. Should you have a colonoscopy? Learn more about this important procedure with your gastroenterologist, Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA.

What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by your gastroenterologist to investigate gastrointestinal symptoms or as a screening for colorectal cancer. The procedure itself uses a long, thin tube called a colonoscope inserted rectally to scan the lining of the colon and large intestine for abnormalities. These abnormalities, called polyps, may be cancerous or pre-cancerous and doctors will often take a biopsy to test for the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. The procedure normally takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes and occurs in your doctor’s office. Your doctor will administer sedation medication prior to beginning your procedure to help you feel relaxed.

Do I need a colonoscopy?
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women and men over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. However, those with a high risk for colorectal cancer may need a colonoscopy more often. Those at a higher risk of colorectal cancer include individuals who have a family history of cancer, especially colorectal cancer or polyps, a personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or someone with an inflammatory bowel disease.

Colonoscopy in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta
After your procedure, your doctor will probably ask you to stay in a recovery room for about a half hour to ensure that there are no adverse effects due to the procedure or medications used. Prior to your procedure, you will fast and take laxatives to cleanse the colon and ensure that it is clean and free from debris during your procedure.

For more information on colonoscopy or to schedule your consultation for one, please contact Dr. Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Call (770) 442-5882 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bullock today!

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
May 04, 2017
Category: Medical Conditions

What your gastroenterologist in Roswell wants you to know

There are many causes of stomach or abdominal pain, and one of the most persistent causes is a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome can be managed successfully. It should be treated by a gastroenterologist. Dr. Melvin Bullock wants to share the facts about IBS and treatment. He has three convenient office locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA, to help you feel better.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition affecting your large intestine. The condition is thought to be related to abnormal functioning of your gastrointestinal nervous system. The muscles lining the walls of your intestines don’t move the way they should, resulting in impaired movement of food from your stomach through your intestinal tract.

Some common signs and symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Mucus in stools

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, there are triggers which may make your symptoms worse. You need to pay attention to:

  • Certain foods including chocolate, spices, fats, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, fruits, milk, carbonated beverages and alcohol
  • Increased stress levels or hormonal changes

Dr. Bullock may suggest several effective treatments to lessen your symptoms of IBS including:

  • Changes in your diet, eliminating gas-producing foods such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, raw fruits and carbonated liquids; you may also want to eliminate gluten and foods containing high amounts of sugars like fructose and lactose.
  • Medications to manage symptoms including fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medications, medications to reduce intestinal spasms and antibiotics
  • Medications to treat severe cases of IBS including Alosetron to relax the colon, and Lubiprostone to increase secretion of fluid and help pass stools more easily

If you think you might be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, you don’t have to deal with it alone. It’s time for some help from an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Bullock with three convenient office locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Feel better tomorrow by calling today!