Upper GI Problems

Upper GI problems can cause patients to limit their daily activities. Upper GI issues can be treated. Ask your primary care provider about getting an evaluation and treatment options.

What are upper GI problems?

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) problems include issues of the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine. These problems can cause pain and discomfort.

Examples of upper GI problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Celiac disease
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • GERD
  • Gallstones
  • Stomach ulcers

Risk factors for upper GI problems

  • Increased exposure to digestive fluids
  • Long term use of medications
  • GI tract inflammation
  • Stomach infections
  • Smoking
  • Overuse of alcohol

Signs of upper GI problems

Upper GI symptoms include:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Bowel habit changes
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Call your primary care provider if you are experiencing symptoms of upper GI problems.

Doctors will order tests to check for upper GI problems, or to rule out other issues that could be causing similar symptoms. Upper GI problems can be diagnosed with upper GI series, upper GI endoscopy, and other diagnostic procedures.

Most upper GI problems can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes. Surgery also is an option with other treatments do not work.