GI Distress and Leaky Gut in Fairlawn, OH

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What Are GI Distress and Leaky Gut?

Gastrointestinal (GI) distress refers to a range of symptoms that affect the digestive system and may be acute (appear suddenly) or chronic (long-term). Common symptoms of GI distress are bloating, abdominal cramps, excessive gas, diarrhea, constipation, and bloody stools. Leaky gut syndrome encompasses similar symptoms and is a condition where the intestinal lining of the stomach becomes damaged and more permeable, allowing harmful bacteria and undigested food to enter your bloodstream. If you are experiencing sudden stomach discomfort or constant GI problems, we invite you to schedule a consult with board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath at Monarch Ideal Care in Fairlawn, OH so she can put together a custom treatment plan to bring you relief.

How are GI Distress and Leaky Gut Treated?

At your consultation in our Fairlawn, OH office, Dr. McElrath will ask you about your symptoms, review your medical history, and may perform a physical exam by pressing on your stomach to check for pain or to feel for any abnormalities. She may also order blood work, stool tests, and/or diagnostic imaging so she can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. McElrath may recommend dietary supplements to promote the growth of good bacteria, such as probiotics and prebiotics, which can help heal numerous gastrointestinal issues, including leaky gut. She will also provide nutritional guidance so you can start making the necessary changes to your diet that may reduce inflammation, lessen your symptoms, and support gut health.

I have been seeing Dr. Leslee as a patient for a few months now. She’s great, she listens to my concerns with a professional, but relaxed approach. I will continue to refer patients to her because her bedside manner and knowledge set her apart.

D.B. Google

Dr. McElrath is the epitome of a patient focused physician. She always makes me feel heard and extremely comfortable no matter why I'm in the office. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new physician.

B.G. Google

Dr McElrath has set the standard all Doctors should strive in patient care. Bedside manner and benevolence in her astute care of myself and wife has been above the board. Patience and LISTENING are the first I recognized in her presence. Extremely knowledgeable in down to earth way. And she handled me being silly quite excellently. 🙃 Dr McElrath we are so grateful. Humbly Gallaghers

D.*. Google

I will definitely be returning, I had a pleasant experience staff are friendly and informative, the hormones really gave me the boost that I needed, I would like to see more advertisements about hormone replacement therapy so that woman can start having conversations about hormones and age related changes without feeling embarrassed.

L.T. Google

I love this practice! As an introvert, I appreciate the small office setting without a waiting room filled with other patients; it makes going to the doctor feel more personal because there aren't a bunch of people waiting ahead of you and the doctor isn't stressed out because of being behind on appointments or anything like that. Dr. McElrath is a great doctor and genuinely seems to care about her patients' needs and wellbeings; she's also very laidback, and it's really easy to talk to her about things. She always has great recommendations for products that can improve your health (like vitamins/supplements, foods, and even safer cleaning products) --- she is NOT the kind of doctor who will just push all sorts of medication onto you, which is greatly appreciated. Scheduling is super easy, as it is all online. You can schedule up to 3 weeks out, I believe. This practice does offer times later in the evening for those who work during the day, but available times depend on whether you are a subscription patient or a Medicaid patient. Online, you can also access your patient portal and update certain parts of your profile to keep your doctor in-the-know about your general wellbeing outside of appointments. You can view lab results, documents, questionnaires, and all kinds of other helpful info. It's pretty neat! I am 100% supportive of this doctor's office and truly believe in its ability to help and benefit its patients. If you hate crowded waiting rooms and want a more personalized experience and a doctor who cares (and incorporates online technology into their practice), this is the place for you!

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Heal Your Gut

If you are tired of having crippling stomach pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, it may be time to seek treatment at Monarch Ideal Care. Board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath will work with you to find the source of your gastrointestinal distress and determine if you have leaky gut syndrome. Schedule an appointment with her in Fairlawn, OH today to let her guide you toward improved gut health and overall well-being.

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