Our Gastroenterology Blog
By Babak Mohajer, MD
February 26, 2021

Irritable bowel syndrome can make your everyday life more difficult than it has to be. Many myths exist about how to treat it, perhaps because of how differently it affects individuals. It's easy to make generalizations when something has worked for someone and when a specific food triggers someone else. But to really learn more about it and the way to treat it you can turn your local expert, your New York, NY, gastroenterologist Dr. Babak Mohajer.

Symptoms of IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, presents itself differently among patients. But the usual symptoms include cramping, pain, bloating, and gas. Constipation or diarrhea, or both, are also possible with IBS. Some of these symptoms can sometimes go away after a bowel movement, but will often return.

Your doctor can diagnose IBS if they identify your symptoms but can help rule out other conditions during your visit.

At-home Care

There is currently no cure for IBS, so any treatment is focused on managing the symptoms. You can do a lot on your own to help with this, but you can always turn to your gastroenterologist if at-home care is not having the results you are hoping for. The suggested changes will typically revolve around your health habits as well as diet.

Reducing stress is an important step along with taking part in physical exercise, but consult your doctor if you suffer from a condition that requires close monitoring.

Cutting out spicy and fried food, along with cutting back on caffeinated drinks can help. Your doctor can also be of great help in planning an intestine-friendly diet.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment in New York, NY

Besides helping you coordinate your diet to reduce IBS symptoms, as well as identify the types of foods that trigger it, your doctor can prescribe medication to further help in this task. To take the first step toward alleviating your condition make an appointment today with Dr. Mohajer in New York, NY, by dialing (212) 260-6505.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
December 30, 2020
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Everyone will experience some kind of pain in their abdomen at some time in their lives. The pain could range from constant, chronic pain to a sharp and very sudden pain in the abdomen. The thing is, the abdomen is a huge space, which means that the pain could be felt in different parts of the abdomen or localized in the left, right, middle, bottom, and upper portion of the stomach.

However, at what point should you be concerned that your stomach pain might be a warning sign of something more serious and need to visit your gastroenterologist Dr. Babak Mohajer of Babak Mohajer, MD, PC in New York, NY, for abdominal pain?

Abdominal Pain: Common Causes

Your abdomen comprises lots of organs that range from your reproductive organs to your stomach, as well as soft tissues like tendons and muscles. This means that any of these parts could lead to abdominal pain if any of them becomes irritated, inflamed, injured, or infected. In this light, the most commonly abdominal pain causes are:

  • Indigestion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Constipation
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Appendicitis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Conditions that affect the colon like Crohn’s disease and IBD or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food poisoning
  • Gas in the intestines or stomach
  • Diverticulitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Hernia
  • Endometriosis
  • Kidney stones or gallstones
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Abdominal Pain: When to Seek Medical Attention

Abdominal pain could likewise signal a more serious condition and these require emergency help or evaluation by your gastroenterologist in New York, NY. So if you have abdominal pain and one of these symptoms, call your gastroenterologist or seek emergency care:

  • Blood in vomit, urine, and/or stool
  • An extremely tender abdomen that even touching can cause pain
  • You’re pregnant
  • Can’t stand up straight due to severe pain
  • Experienced an injury or trauma to your abdomen with the past couple of days

You should likewise call for emergency help if aside from abdominal pain you’re also having breathing difficulties and/or chest pain. Additionally, you should likewise visit your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, if your abdominal pain persists for several days, you’re experiencing pain when urinating, or have not had a bowel movement for a couple of days.

Ultimately, if you’re concerned about your abdominal pain, it’s best to see your gastroenterologist to rule out possible issues. The sooner you have your abdominal pain checked out, the sooner you can have it treated.

Contact Us For Any Information, Questions, or Concerns About Abdominal Pain

Call your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, Dr. Babak Mohajer here at Babak Mohajer, MD, PC at (212) 260-6505 to arrange a consultation ASAP.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
October 21, 2020
Category: GI Care

A colonoscopy is a procedure used for inspecting the rectum and colon’s lining with the use of a colonoscope. A colonoscope is a flexible, thin device with a camera at the end that sends images of your colon’s insides to a screen. It’s a vital test used for detecting colorectal cancer. It can likewise aid in diagnosing inexplicable intestinal symptoms like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel movements.

During your consultation here at Babak Mohajer, MD in New York, NY, with your gastroenterologist, Dr. Babak Mohajer, you’ll discuss all your testing and screening options to determine the best ones for you.

Do I Need a Colonoscopy?

Your gastroenterologist might recommend that you undergo a colonoscopy screening for diagnosing and/or treating conditions and diseases that affect the rectum and colon, such as:

  • Anemia, in cases where the cause hasn’t been identified via less invasive tests. A colonoscopy could be utilized for determining potential bleeding areas.
  • Unexplained, sudden weight loss if less invasive methods failed to identify a cause.
  • For identifying causes of diarrhea such as infections or inflammation sites.
  • Bleeding symptoms including bloody stool, tarry, black feces, or rectal bleeding. Possible causes include intestinal damage or inflammation or colon cancer.
  • Bowel movement changes, including super-thin stools due to colon cancer or inflammation in the intestines.
  • For colorectal cancer screening to find and remove colon polyps and abnormal tissue prior to them becoming cancerous. In certain cases, polyps are usually detected through barium enema and then taken out through a colonoscopy.
  • Diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Intestinal pockets that could gradually develop and cause bleeding or become infected.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Abdominal pain, in cases where less invasive tests failed to find a cause. This could be caused by various conditions including intestinal ulcers, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Depending on your medical history and specific circumstances, your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, might likewise suggest other procedures aside from colonoscopy screening for diagnosing and treating certain issues. These might include a tissue biopsy, colon polyp removal, and/or controlling large intestine bleeding with the use of medications, sealing bleeding sites with heat, or applying clips.

For More Details or Questions About Colonoscopy Screening, Contact Us

Dial (212) 260-6505 to book a consultation with your gastroenterologist, Dr. Babak Mohajer of Babak Mohajer, MD in New York, NY, today.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
August 19, 2020
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Find out when your stomach cramps may actually require medical attention.

Wondering why your stomach is suddenly in distress? Could it be something you ate, an infection or something more serious? Find out the most common causes of stomach cramps, pain and more, and when to schedule an appointment with our New York gastroenterologist Dr. Babak Mohajer about your abdominal pain,

There are many different conditions and infections that could be causing your abdominal pain. The most common causes include,

  • Gas
  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Gastritis (causes inflammation of the stomach lining)
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation

Other common causes of abdominal pain include,

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (this includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Kidney stones or gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Certain medications such as antibiotics may also lead to stomach upset along with other symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea or vomiting. It’s important to tell your doctor about any medications you may be taking to rule out other possible causes of your abdominal pain.

You should call your New York GI doctor if your abdominal pain,

  • Is getting worse
  • Keeps coming back or doesn’t go away
  • Is accompanied by unexpected weight loss
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Is accompanied by diarrhea
  • Is accompanied by painful urination or abnormal vaginal discharge

You will require immediate medical attention if you experience,

  • A severe, sudden stomachache
  • Pain or tenderness when touching your stomach
  • An inability to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Chest pain
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • A swollen or distended stomach

Visiting the Gastroenterologist

When you come into our office, Dr. Mohajer will ask you a series of questions regarding the symptoms you are experiencing while also going through your medical history. Once we get an idea of the symptoms you are experiencing, we can rule out certain problems while also determining which tests should be performed to help us make a definitive diagnosis. Common diagnostic tests include,

  • Urine, stool and blood tests
  • An endoscopy (to examine the upper digestive tract)
  • An ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • X-rays

If you are dealing with abdominal pain here in New York schedule an-office visit by calling (212) 260-6505.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
May 26, 2020
Tags: Rectal Bleeding  

Rectal bleeding can be a very scary symptom. Although cancer is one potential cause of the problem, bleeding isn't always an indication of a serious health problem. Your New York, NY, gastroenterologist, Dr. Babak Mohajer, can determine the cause of your rectal bleeding and offer helpful treatments.

What Can Cause Rectal Bleeding?

Rectal bleeding may be caused by:

  • Constipation: Passing hard, dry feces may tear the sensitive skin of the anus. These tears, called anal fissures, tend to bleed after you've had a bowel movement. Straining during a bowel movement increases your risks of developing hemorrhoids, irritated, enlarged veins in your anus or rectum. Hemorrhoids can also bleed after a bowel movement.
  • Polyps: Bleeding may be triggered by polyps, small growths that form on the lining of your rectum or colon. Polyps can be cancerous or benign (non-cancerous).
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis may be responsible for the bleeding. The diseases cause inflammation and sores in your digestive tract lining.
  • Infections: Gastrointestinal infections, like salmonella, may also cause bleeding.
  • Cancer: Rectal bleeding should never be ignored, as it can be a sign of anal or colon cancer in some cases.

Rectal Bleeding Signs

You may notice these signs if you have rectal bleeding:

  • Blood in the Toilet or on Toliet Paper After a Bowel Movement: You may notice a few drops of blood on the paper after you wipe. If you notice a large amount of blood, contact your gastroenterologist as soon as possible.
  • Change in the Color of Your Stools: Solid stools or diarrhea may be red, maroon, or black due to bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract.

How Is Rectal Bleeding Treated?

Treatment of rectal bleeding depends on the cause. During your visit to the New York gastroenterology office, you'll discuss your symptoms and receive an examination. Your doctor may also recommend tests that will help him determine the source of the bleeding.

If you have hemorrhoids, you may benefit from a high-fiber diet and stool softeners to relieve constipation and treatments to shrink or remove your hemorrhoids. When bleeding is caused by inflammatory bowel disease, medications that reduce inflammation and alter your immune system may be helpful.

Antibiotics and other medications might be prescribed if bleeding is caused by an infection, while surgery and chemotherapy or radiation treatments may be needed if cancer is the cause of your bleeding.

Are you concerned about rectal bleeding? Call your gastroenterologist in New York, Dr. Mohajer, at (212) 260-6505 to schedule your appointment.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
April 10, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Acid reflux could cause hoarseness, a sore throat, and literally leave your mouth with a sour taste. When acid reflux causes chronic symptoms, then it becomes a disorder known as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Heartburn, which is heavy pain felt in the chest and upper abdomen, is the primary symptom of GERD.

Either way, you should consult with Dr. Babak Mohajer, our gastroenterologist in our New York, NY, practice to figure out what’s causing your acid reflux to relieve your symptoms and prevent further complications. With that said, if you’re experiencing symptoms GERD, you can try the following tips:

Watch What You Eat

Certain foods are more likely to cause acid reflux than others. These include spices, fatty foods, onions, tomatoes, garlic, alcohol, chocolate, tea, and coffee. Try eliminating these foods from your diet to see if it helps alleviate your symptoms.

Eat Slowly and Sparingly

Reflux can easily build up in the esophagus if the stomach is full. To avoid this, try eating smaller meals more regularly during the day instead of the standard three huge meals daily.

Remain Upright After Eating

Gravity helps keep stomach acids confined in the stomach even when you’re just siting or standing. So don’t lie down or sleep immediately after eating and wait for a minimum of three hours before sleeping.

Refrain from Drinking Carbonated Drinks

These make you burp and, in turn, send stomach acids back into your esophagus. Likewise, opt for flat water rather than sparkling water.

Elevate your Upper Body when Sleeping

The head should ideally around six to eight inches higher than the feet. To do this, try tall bed risers for the legs or a foam wedge for the upper body. Do not stack your pillows to make a wedge since this won’t provide uniform support for your upper body.

Lose Excess Weight

Excess weight spreads the supporting muscular structure of your lower esophageal sphincter, which reduces the pressure holding the sphincter closed. In turn, this results in heartburn and reflux.

Check Your Medicines

Some medications, including anti-inflammatory pain relievers, tricyclic anti-depressants, and estrogen, could relax the esophageal sphincter. Others, on the other hand, bisphosphonates in particular, which are taken for increasing bone density, could irritate the esophagus.

If these fail to alleviate your symptoms or if you’re having trouble swallowing or are feeling severe pain, visit your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, for a checkup. You might need prescription medications and other treatments to control your acid reflux and related symptoms.

Get Relief from Acid Reflux Now

Call (212) 260-6505 to reach out to Dr. Babak Mohajer and set your consultation in our New York, NY, office. We are also currently entertaining televisit appointments due to the COVID-19 situation.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
March 24, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Bowel Syndrome  

How your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, can help you feel better

If you are suffering from abdominal pain, it could be a warning sign of irritable bowel syndrome, commonly known as IBS. Fortunately, the condition can be managed effectively by a proper gastroenterologist, such as Dr. Babak Mohajer. Read on to learn how his New York practice can help relieve your IBS symptoms.

More about IBS

IBS is a chronic condition that affects your large intestine. It is believed to be caused by poor or abnormal functioning of your GI nervous system. The muscular lining of your intestines doesn’t move correctly, so food doesn’t travel well from your stomach down through your intestinal tract.

You may have IBS if you are experiencing:

  • Frequent and severe abdominal pain and cramping
  • Chronic bloating and gas
  • Frequent constipation or diarrhea
  • Frequent mucus in your stools

There are some things you can do to try and minimize symptoms of IBS. Remember to avoid carbonated beverages, alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods, fats, beans, milk, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, because these foods can cause painful symptoms. You should also monitor and reduce your stress levels whenever possible.

Dr. Mohajer offers several ways to treat IBS. He may recommend:

  • Medications to reduce intestinal spasms, antibiotics, and anti-diarrheal medications
    • These medications include Alosetron to relax the colon, and Lubiprostone to increase fluid secretion to more easily pass stools
  • Dietary changes to eliminate excess gas, gluten, and high-sugar foods
  • Lifestyle modifications including increasing exercise, practicing relaxation techniques, or meditating to reduce stress

Call Us

Irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t have to control your life—you can find relief. To learn more about IBS signs, symptoms, and treatments, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Babak Mohajer in New York, NY, at (212) 260-6505 today.

By Babak Mohajer, MD
October 09, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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The staff at Babak Mohajer, MD, PC would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about gastroenterology and our practice.

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