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Diagnosing and Managing Chronic Digestive Problems

Digestive diseases affect 60 million-70 million Americans. To avoid pain and discomfort from these disorders, it’s crucial to get the right diagnosis and care.

Robert H. Thomas, MD, FACP, at Coral Gables Executive Physicians in Coral Gables, Florida, is a board-certified internal medicine and primary care doctor, regarded as one of the best internists in the country. He and the rest of our team diagnose and treat chronic digestive issues for our patients. We have the expertise to help you get well and feel better.

If you suffer from any kind of digestive discomfort, you should visit our practice for an evaluation. We can diagnose your condition and recommend treatment for a positive outcome.

How to diagnose chronic digestive problems

At Coral Gables Executive Physicians, we diagnose your digestive disorder with a series of tests, including:

Comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA)

The CDSA performs a series of noninvasive tests to look at the function of your gastrointestinal tract and your gut health. We evaluate your metabolism, digestion, and pancreatic function. We also study the presence of good and bad bacteria, parasites, and yeast.

The test allows us to check for gastric ulcers, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), and coeliac disease.

Antigen leukocyte antibody test (ALCAT)

If you have issues with food sensitivity, we perform an ALCAT, which is an intolerance test that measures your cellular responses to over 450 dietary substances. It helps us understand what’s in certain foods that triggers your digestive disorder.

Genetic testing

When performing this method of testing, we use your saliva to determine your genetic predisposition to chronic digestive diseases. It allows us to analyze your genes that have DNA strands inherited from your parents.

Micronutrient testing

This blood test measures over 30 vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, amino/fatty acids, and metabolites in your body, to understand how they affect your cellular function. The test helps us identify functional deficiencies that might lead to chronic digestive conditions, among others.

How to treat chronic digestive problems

After your diagnosis, Dr. Thomas uses the best practices to not only manage your symptoms, but also to get you well. We use modern technology, state-of-the-art laboratories, and the latest advancements to treat your digestive issues. 

Personalized treatments might include medications, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle changes. With a preventive medicine approach to promoting wellness for your whole body, we recommend the most noninvasive treatments available so you can achieve the most successful results.

If you experience any digestive pain or discomfort, contact us today to request an appointment with Dr. Thomas and the team.

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