If you have acid reflux, abdominal pain, or other unusual gastrointestinal (GI) issues, you can find comprehensive care at Valley Natural Health. Sonal Patel, ND, and the medical team offer onsite diagnostic testing to identify what’s causing your GI issues. They also create treatment plans using medications, nutritional counseling, and other therapies to address the underlying cause of your symptoms. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for GI issues, call the office in Fresno, California, or book an appointment online today.

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What are common GI issues?

Gastrointestinal (GI) issues affect your gastrointestinal system, the tract that runs from your mouth to your anus.

There are several common GI issues that affect both children and adults, including:

  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Valley Natural Health also diagnoses and treats acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as part of their primary care services.

GI issues can cause temporary discomfort that goes away within a few days with over-the-counter medications. However, chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can worsen over time and cause more serious symptoms.

When should I schedule a diagnostic evaluation for GI issues?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Valley Natural Health if you have gastrointestinal issues that last for several days, and you can’t find relief with home care.

The team performs a physical exam to check for abdominal pain, swelling, and other issues. They also offer onsite testing services to identify what’s causing your symptoms. You might need a urine profile, blood testing, food allergy testing, or other tests to confirm your diagnosis.

Based on the results of your tests, the team tailors a treatment plan to your needs. They focus on relieving your symptoms quickly and addressing the underlying cause.

How are GI issues treated?

Your treatment plan for GI issues depends on what condition you have. The Valley Natural Health team can discuss what treatments you need during your consultation. They use both traditional and alternative therapies to relieve your symptoms and improve your gastrointestinal health.

Treatment for GI issues may start with dietary changes, especially if you have food sensitivities or allergies. The registered dietician can work with you on a diet plan that helps ease abdominal discomfort and prevent diarrhea or constipation. You may also need to incorporate more fiber in your diet.

Other treatments available for GI issues include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

The team continues to monitor your progress with treatment and your overall GI health. You may need follow-up appointments for additional diagnostic testing to ensure your treatment is working well.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for unexplained GI issues, call Valley Natural Health or book an appointment online today.