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SPR 2016

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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2 8 S P I R I T O F W O M E N S P R I N G 2 016 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m D igestive discomfort: everybody has it, no one wants to talk about it. But if you are among the 70 million men and women whose lives are disrupted by a diagnosable digestive disorder, it's time to open up to your health care provider. You deserve to live a full life—don't let your GI tract call the shots a moment longer. Some of the most common gastrointestinal complaints include: • Chronic constipation: if you have fewer than three stools per week for 12 weeks, you may be constipated. Caused by inadequate roughage in diet and treated with higher fiber intake or laxatives (sparingly). • Fecal incontinence: leakage or loss of bowel control. Affects one in 12 adults and treated with pelvic exercises, diet, medication and surgery. • Gastrointestinal reflux: also known as GERD or heartburn (experienced twice or more weekly). • Hemorrhoids: swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. They usually go away within days, but consult with your doctor if you notice blood in Digestive DISORDERS Time for a gut check! and what to do about them F O R T C O L L I N S M E D I C A L C E N T E R Top, L to R: Ryan McWilliams, MD, Eric Wingerson, DO, Mohamed Sultan, MD Bottom, L to R: Mark Rosenblatt, MD, FASGE, Ahmed Sherif, MD

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