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Solomon L. Lerer, M.D.



What is a Gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in disorders and conditions of the gastrointestinal ("GI") tract, also called the digestive tract. After completing their general medical education, gastroenterologists train for at least two years to attain Board Certification in Internal Medicine. Then, gastroenterologists study for an additional 2 - 3 years specifically for conditions of the GI tract.

General Information / Gastrointestinal Tract

The gastrointestinal tract includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas,small intestine, large intestine, appendix, rectum, and anus. Abnormal or irregular digestive symptoms and conditions may occur for a variety of reasons.





What does the doctor need to know?

It is important to tell the doctor about all the symptoms you are having. For example, if you have more than one digestive symptom - such as a feeling of fullness after eating a meal - make sure you describe each and every symptom fully to your doctor.

In addition to talking about the symptoms you have listed on the Motility Quiz, prepare answers to the following questions. These will help your doctor arrive at a proper diagnosis.

  1. Do your symptoms happen at certain times?
    Do you feel worse during meals? After eating? When you lie down or bend over? When you first start eating do you feel better or worse?
  2. Does anything relieve those symptoms?
    Does it help when you loosen your belt? Drink a glass of water? When you take antacids or other stomach medecins?
  3. Does anything make your symptoms worse?
    Are you worse when you eat certain foods? When you drink coffee or carbonated drinks? Eat daory products (milk, cheese)? Do any foods give you a rash?
  4. How often do you get your symptoms?
    Every day? A couple of times a week? How long has this been going on?

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