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  • Blood in My Stool? Not Cool...

    Many colorectal conditions can be silent and symptoms may present themselves suddenly. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your bowel movements as a part of regularly monitoring your health. We don’t always know what’s going on inside, but we get a better idea when we know what’s coming out. One very common indicator of a problem, whether big or small, is noticing blood in your stool. But don’t panic if you’ve seen blood when you poop. Instead, start a conversation with your doctor. Prevention is key to living a long and happy life, so don’t be afraid to have an uncomfortable conversation. It could save your life or even just help you live better day to day. A colorectal specialist or a gastrointestinal specialist is where you should start first. Skip the wait and save the money finding this out from your primary care doctor. A colon and rectal specialist can help not only diagnose your condition, but also can provide any treatment options whether non-surgical or surgical care is needed. Dr. Shiraz Farooq is here with me today to answer those questions about when you noticed blood during bowel movements. — From a patient’s perspective blood is always scary. How should I react to noticing blood in the toilet? Should I be concerned about blood in my stool? Bright red blood in the stool or rectal bleeding is an alarming symptom for some when it happens the first time. Mostly it is painless and we only notice some bloody smears or a few drops in the toilet bowel. Sometimes, however, even a few drops of blood can make a toilet bowl red and scary. For some patients, losing blood is a common daily practice because their colonic and gastrointestinal region is inflamed and it causes bloody diarrhea. All in all, it is not a pleasant experience by most patients. After you have Googled your symptoms, contact a specialist near you who can identify and correct the problem at the earliest. Is it ever normal to bleed during a bowel movement? What does blood in stool indicate? NO. Blood in the stool is always abnormal and indicates that the colon and rectal lining has some injury or inflammation causing the blood vessels to leak blood. Such a problem can be simply due to hemorrhoidal vessels causing the bleeding, other anorectal issues or due to colitis or gastrointestinal inflammation called gastroenteritis. Sometimes colon cancer in the gastrointestinal and colonic tract can cause bleeding. More or less, rectal bleeding means there is a problem of the lower part of the digestive tract, which could be related to many conditions, like hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, to name a few. It’s best to let a gastrointestinal or a colorectal specialist decide… Are there foods I should avoid or include in my diet to help prevent bleeding? Avoid alcohol as it can cause the bleeding to continue, avoid or reduce aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Caffeine and nicotine and soda can also irritate the GI tract, thus reducing or avoiding them can improve symptoms. But the foods you eat cannot necessarily cause or cure your condition. Add fiber in your diet to promote colonic healing as fiber can be a helpful prebiotic agent. Whole grains, prune juice, flaxseed powder, legumes, dates, lentils and other vegetables can help keep the stools soft and prevent constipation and blockage. Addition of iron rich foods can help also. I have changed the common proverb: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” to “Two apples a day keeps the proctologist away”. I am bleeding a lot when I poop. What might be some other symptoms I notice? Symptoms vary, of course, depending on the actual issue, but with common problems of the colon and rectum it is likely you may notice the following symptoms in addition to anal bleeding: Anal discomfort, sitting pain, rectal swelling, inflammation, difficulty defecating, fecal incontinence, constipation, distention, stomach pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc. Does constipation cause bleeding of the rectum? Constipation and excessive straining and pushing to pass a large bowel movement or a hard poop can lead to smears or streaks of blood on the toilet paper. This combined with lack exercise and immobility and not drinking enough water can lead to worsening of symptoms of constipation. Constipation, however, is not the reason you are bleeding. Nor is constipation normal. If you are experiencing chronic or prolonged periods of irregular or difficult bowel movements, don’t wait to ask a proctologist. Does stress cause rectal bleeding? Stress can have physiological effects on your body, including indigestion, cramping, bloating, etc. These effects are irritants to your lower digestive tract, and if you have an underlying colorectal condition, they may cause your condition to worsen at times, which may increase your symptoms - like bleeding during bowel movements. Therefore, stress can contribute to rectal bleeding, but does not cause it per se. Does dehydration cause rectal bleeding? A low fiber diet in combination with dehydration can result in more straining during bowel movements. This puts pressure on your blood vessels in the rectum and this can cause bleeding when you use the bathroom if you develop hemorrhoids or other anal issues. Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS cause anal bleeding? IBS does not typically cause blood in stool. The common symptoms of IBS include: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, cramping, mucus, and gas. If you have anal bleeding with IBS, schedule an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist. Can your liver cause blood in your stool? An unhealthy liver can often go undetected until something emergent occurs at the point of chronic liver failure. Only in such a case of chronic liver failure might you have blood in the stool as a related symptom. How long should I wait to see a doctor if I find blood when using in the bathroom? Why wait? If symptoms are appearing there has already been a problem hiding long enough. Take care of yourself by putting your health first. Do not wait. Blood in your poop will not go away on its own. Will blood in my stool come back? Depending on your condition, a colorectal doctor can help you determine your treatment plan and expectation for healing. In general, drink more water, eat more plant fiber and avoid straining. Go see your doctors for routine exams. Take your health seriously! Have at least a primary care doctor who knows your history and can connect you with the right specialists when needed. — Contact a proctologist first with any hemorrhoidal problems (hemorrhoid creams don’t work! - try a suppository), if you need a screening colonoscopy, or if you need colorectal surgery. These doctors are here to save your butt! — At ColoWell America, Dr. Farooq specializes in nutrition counseling, and plant medicine eduction and treatment options. He is an expert in the gold-standard treatment for hemorrhoids - Rubber Band Ligation. If you want a Board Certified colorectal specialist in Tampa, who cares about you from top to bottom, contact his amazing team today! 813-278-6430 STAY SAFE! — Read our Google reviews. — COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

  • Gastrointestinal Problems & Covid-19

    While we pay attention to what’s going on in the world concerning the latest in health news about the novel corona virus and Covid-19 data, we are thinking of you and how this pandemic crisis can affect our patients directly. Don't be concerned or afraid. We have answers for you. Reviewing research from Chinese scientists and new information collected by Stanford University, it has been gathered that nearly half of all corona virus patients suffer gastrointestinal symptoms and related digestive problems. Even when flu-like or respiratory symptoms were not present, some patients with Covid-19 experienced nausea, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding and other similar GI problems. Diarrhea can commonly be the first sign of a Covid-19 infection before fever or flu symptoms develop, if those symptoms even develop at all. What does this mean if you already have GI issues? Results did not find people with prior diagnosed gastrointestinal disorders, like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), to be more prone to catching the corona virus. In other words, having IBD or any other gastrointestinal disease, doesn’t increase your risk for Covid-19. Although, some new classes of immune-modulation medications can make patients more susceptible to the virus infection, so ask your prescribing doctors if you have questions about the medicines you are currently taking in relation to corona virus risk. Boost you immunity with simple probiotic food solutions, like yogurt, honey, ground flaxseed powder, ground nuts, etc. A daily five to ten minute personal exercise regimen can help also. We recommend yoga-like exercises to improve your spinal extension and core strength. If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, you may be wondering if you should venture out to see a doctor… We recommend taking all precautions and measures necessary to ensure your health and protect your family. Wear masks in indoor public places and practice sanitation practices and social distancing. Avoid waiting until your condition is emergent so you don’t have to visit a populated hospital and can avoid complicated treatments or procedures that require longer recovery and cost you a fortune! While primary care providers and urgent care clinics can also be an option, they often don’t have the capacity to handle specialty concerns and will have to give you a referral. During this crisis time, Dr. Farooq says, “See a specialist first.” You want to be taken care of in one location and get real answers, not recommendations. Keep in mind, tele-encounters are the cutting edge delivery of medicine and doctors to your living room. While some visits require in-office evaluation, you can save trips on appointments for results, prescriptions and simple follow-ups. Even if you require a surgery or procedure, like a colonoscopy, many pre-operative appointments can be done easily over video call. Contact your insurance to find specialists in your network. Look for self-pay rates too! Some providers will have competitive prices that insurances can’t beat with high deductibles and premiums. Remember: Health is Wealth. Use preventative health measures by ensuring your diet is rich in the right foods. The best digestive health is fueled by fiber, which scrubs your colon clean. Certain foods and supplements can also boost your natural immunity. A plant-based diet is recommended. See more of our blog to read more on these topics. Keep yourself informed and well so you don’t have any doctor visits soon! Contact us for questions about ways to stay eat nutritious. We have a walk-in CBD Lounge, certify qualified medical cannabis patients, and offer expert colorectal care. For more questions and consultation, call our office at (813) 278-6430. For everyone’s protection, masks are currently required for all entry and only patient entry is permitted, no guests please. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. STAY SAFE! — LINKS BELOW For More Information on the Sources Mentioned Above: Read our Google reviews. — COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

  • Hemorrhoids, Hemorrhoids: GO AWAY!

    There is a day you can recall that you weren’t dealing with discomfort... There is a favorite activity you have that used to be more enjoyable... There is a pair of pants that you used to wear... Well those don’t have to just be fond memories! Hemorrhoids are only a problem if you do nothing to treat them. You may feel shy about your condition, but the bottom line is YOU NEED HELP. As one of the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal ailments in the country, HEMORRHOIDS are a colorectal concern for both men and women - about 1 in 20, or 3 million Americans were affected last year! Hemorrhoids can cause irritation, be painful and are sometimes recurrent, but they are not harmful or life-threatening. Usually, symptoms last only a few days and there are plenty of effective NON-SURGICAL ways to treat. Some simple non-surgical remedies can be used to get rid of hemorrhoids at home, such as a HIGH-FIBER DIET & medicated topical options for added relief. At ColoWell America, we promote plant based diets - including ground flax seed powder as your number one FIBER supplement & doctor recommended use of CBD as a treatment option. CBD is naturally derived from the hemp plant & is known for its qualities in reducing inflammation and pain management, which is especially useful for hemorrhoid symptoms. Causes of hemorrhoids can be many. People suffering from constipation may develop hemorrhoids because of all that pushing! Often times medications and/or ill-managed diets can be a major factor for poor digestion and constipated conditions. Pregnancy is another common cause of hemorrhoids. No, babies don’t give you hemorrhoids! However, expecting mothers not only often experience pregnancy-related constipation, they also have to push during labor, which can result in temporary hemorrhoidal issues. Hemorrhoids that occur due to pregnancy are alternatively known as piles. Even factors like a chronic cough, or being overweight, or your daily work environment could additionally play roles in whether or not you experience hemorrhoids. Forceful bodily functions, like constantly coughing, and heavy lifting and straining can put pressure on your rectum and anus. Prolonged sitting can cause discomfort and increase swelling if you are already having hemorrhoidal complications. Even obesity and lack of exercise can make your digestive process suffer by lacking necessary diet, hydration and mobility to clean and move your bowels properly. While hemorrhoids are simply swollen and inflamed blood vessels, some can be worse than others and are classified depending on severity. Warm bathing or a sitz bath can be used to soothe irritation for small hemorrhoids, which may go away in up to a few days. Large hemorrhoids may take longer to heal. Topical treatments and oral pain relievers can aid in numbing the pain. You may notice some hemorrhoids protrude also, as all hemorrhoids are not internal. Painful external hemorrhoids are known as thrombosed hemorrhoids. They may go in and out on their own, or you may have to push them back inside gently. Non-surgical options, like RUBBER BAND LIGATION, can serve as an alternative to at-home healing for internal hemorrhoids. If hemorrhoids become severely prolapsed, surgical options may be necessary. If you experience frequent or heavy bleeding from hemorrhoids, or have severe pain, you should not wait to see a hemorrhoid expert, for example a colorectal specialist or proctologist. While hemorrhoids do commonly bleed during bowel movements, this could be a sign of worsening conditions. TO GET BETTER, consider these few simple cures: • Eat more fiber daily • Stay well hydrated • Keep active with light exercise As always, avoid self-diagnosing by trying to see your bum in the mirror or Googling pictures of hemorrhoids… See an expert first! You're not going to get rid of hemorrhoids by looking at them. If your hemorrhoids won’t go away, seek an anorectal professional. If left untreated, your hemorrhoids can become permanent and won’t be relieved without expert treatment. And if your looking for a treatment option for those minor flare ups, try a doctor recommended over-the-counter topical cream to quell inflammation and pain and to encourage healing. For more questions and consultation, call our office at (813) 278-6430. Your healing process might just be as simple as a lifestyle change today. Read our Google reviews. — COLOWELL AMERICA Plant Medicine Clinics Tampa’s Experts In Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Care and Medical Marijuana Recommendations. — (813) 278-6430 — #ItsAGutFeeling #DABootydoc

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  • Fast Track Colonoscopy | ColoWell America | Tampa, FL

    Fast Track Colonoscopy | ColoWell America ​ A Fast Track Colonoscopy is a standard procedure that does not require a prior consultation, unless deemed necessary by the physician based on the patient’s medical history. Each referred patient will receive a phone consultation by our team member, who will determine their eligibility. Once the patient is regarded as eligible, they will be scheduled for the procedure based on health insurance benefits and facility availability. ​ Are you ELIGIBLE for a Fast Track Colonoscopy? Fill out the questionnaire below and automatically submit your information to our team. You will receive a call from ColoWell America to help arrange your next steps. ​ How to reach us If you have questions about our Fast Track Colonoscopy program, you can email us using or call (813) 278-6430 . We will be happy to answer your questions. ColoWell America is located at 2313 W Violet St Ste A Tampa, FL 33603 . ​ ​ Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Fast Track Colonoscopy Please fill out the following form to help us understand your medical condition. Full Name - First & Last Date of Birth Did you doctor refer you for a colonoscopy due to BLOOD IN YOUR STOOL? No Yes For the past 30 days, have you had any CONSTIPATION, DIARRHEA, or ABDOMINAL PAIN? No Yes For the past 6 months, have you had any RECTAL BLEEDING or ANEMIA? No Yes Have you had any SEIZURES, FAINTING or DIZZINESS from an UNKNOWN CAUSE? No Yes Are you on any BLOOD THINNER MEDICATIONS? No Yes Have you had any WEIGHT LOSS PROCEDURES in the LAST 5 YEARS? No Yes Are you in between the ages of 50-75, or if African American age 45-75? No Yes Submit Thanks for submitting! We will contact you soon! Phone

  • Home | ColoWell America | Plant Medicine Colorectal Clinic | Tampa, FL

    ColoWell America ColoWell America We Treat Hemorrhoids Introducing ColoWell America About Us At ColoWell America, we support the philosophy that a HEALTHY gastrointestinal system is NECESSARY for a fulfilling and HAPPY life. LEARN MORE Services We specialize in HEMORRHOID care and pride ourselves in being Tampa’s premier clinics in PROCTOLOGY, COLORECTAL / GASTROINTESTINAL services, and PLANT medicine. LEARN MORE Call Now 813-278-6430

  • Services Hemorrhoids | ColoWell America | Tampa, FL

    Treatments for Hemorrhoids Make An Appointment RUBBER BAND LIGATION (RBL) ColoWell America’s gold standard for hemorrhoid treatment because of its effectiveness and affordability. A quick, painless, non-surgical, in-office procedure. BOOK NOW > LEARN MORE ANAL SKIN TAGS/ HEMORRHOID EXCISION Specialty cosmetic removal of anal skin tags/hemorrhoids. Restore your body image. BOOK NOW > THROMBOSED EXTERNAL HEMORRHOID TREATMENT Same day, walk-in treatment for quick relief of swollen, painful hemorrhoids. BOOK NOW > BACK TO SERVICES MAIN HEMORRHOID SURGERY Hemorrhoidal disease may require surgical treatment in complex cases. Dr. Shiraz Farooq can treat you locally. BOOK NOW > Make An Appointment More Services ANORECTAL/ GASTROINTESTINAL SERVICES Get relief and treatment for anorectal and gastrointestinal conditions Insurance & Self-Payment Available Learn More MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATIONS Get pre-qualified for Florida Medical Marijuana card (MMJ) ​ Self-Payment Only Learn More CBD SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE IN-OFFICE Get educated about hemp-derived CBD products Cash/ Credit Card Accepted Learn More Contact Us or your Insurance Provider to verify your Eligibility for these Services. We also offer Self-Pay Rates. (813) 278-6430 Hemorrhoid FAQ Are hemorrhoid treatments covered by insurance? Yes! Contact us or your provider to verify your eligibility for services. We also offer Self-Pay rates . Does rubber band ligation (RBL) hurt? Rubber band ligation is the best treatment modality. Complications with banding are little to none. The procedure does not require surgery or a hospital visit, and you don’t have to take off work or require any difficult preparation! Will I need to schedule multiple visits to treat hemorrhoids? Depends on a case-by-case basis. Most cases require one to three appointments to prevent recurrence. Will I heal completely from hemorrhoid treatment? The answer lies in the lifestyle choices you make following treatment. Make FIBER a daily part of your diet. "Ground flax seed is an excellent source of fiber!" - Shiraz Farooq, MD • Choose a plant-based diet to avoid constipation • Be sure to drink four to six glasses of water throughout the day • Avoid strenuous activities

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