Although he’s been practicing in Johnston County for less than three months, Dr. Raj Majithia has already drawn some conclusions about us: We’re prone to heartburn, gallstones, constipation and ulcers.
Dr. Majithia shared insights, personal experiences and medical advice this month at the Medical Mall during his Health Chat, titled “An Hour Inside the Gut.” About 65 people attended the free presentation, which is put on quarterly to introduce physicians and services to the community. Here’s what we learned from Dr. Majithia:
7 out of 1o adults in Johnston County are affected by acid reflux. Dr. Majithia discussed several factors that can contribute to this, including fatty foods, certain medications, increased alcohol consumption, and overeating. He also cautioned against taking too many aspirin-based BC or Goody’s powders, which can inhibit the mucous secretion that protects the lining of the stomach and can also cause bleeding ulcers. An endoscopy is the best way to diagnosis the condition and prescribe a treatment.
Constipation doesn’t have to be part of aging.
Constipation is more likely to occur in older adults, but there are ways to decrease your chances of developing this problem. To avoid constipation, Dr. Majithia suggests drinking more water, eating more fresh vegetables, and adding more fiber to diets. Regular exercise also keeps the body functioning well and can help you avoid constipation, and smokers who kick the habit are likely to be less constipated.
Colonoscopies are getting more tolerable for patients.
Dr. Majithia says it’s important to get a colonoscopy, starting at age 50. He says many people avoid the screening, which takes about 20 minutes, because they don’t like the prep. While gastroenterologists use a variety of preparations, the concoctions overall are getting more tolerable. He also talked about his specialty, ERCP, which is advanced endoscopy. Through the use of a special lighted scope, he can, among other things, insert stents to open narrowed bile ducts, repair bleeding vessels in the stomach, and remove abnormal growths in the bowel.
Watch highlights from Dr. Majithia’s Health Chat:
Dr. Majithia is seeing patients at Johnston Medical Associates – Gastroenterology in Smithfield. To schedule an appointment, please call 919-938-7183.