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Dr. Sidney Vinson

Gastroenterology
Fayetteville, AR
29 years experience male

Locations

Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic

Fayetteville, AR

Address

3344 Futrall Drive, Fayetteville, AR
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Mercy Health Plans of MO

QualChoice of Arkansas

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Sidney Vinson provides colon cancer screenings and care to patients with gastrointestinal and liver problems. A Fayetteville native, Dr. Vinson has a medical degree from the University Of Arkansas School Of Medicine. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Vinson is board certified in Gastroenterology. Prior to moving back to Arkansas, he was a Major in the United States Army Medical Corps and Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After completing 12 years of military service, Dr. Vinson, moved back to Northwest Arkansas to be a part of this wonderful family oriented community.

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Gastroenterology

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508 Answers
55 Agrees
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Pharmacies pay different amounts for the drugs based upon order volume the same as any other company would. Pharmacies do offer discounts to insurance... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below : Drinking liquids with meals has no health benefits. Drinking liquids with meals can cause more air swallowing which can cause bloating. This is not ha... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Unlikely: I suspect there is another cause of your symptoms. There are numerous possibilities from peptic ulcers disease to celiac disease to food allergies or ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: You have erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease. This should heal with acid medications. In order to prevent future issues you should avoid caffeine,... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks a day generally considered excessive. Depending on your genetics and other underlying disease, liver disease c... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Possibly: These symptoms could be related to acid reflux disease. Another possibility is gall bladder disease or perhaps peptic ulcer disease.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
GERD or gallstones: This is a somewhat common presentation of either gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn. Other possibilities include gallstones or peptic ulcers... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Stone or ulcer: You could have passed a stone into the common bile duct which would cause similar symptoms. Ulcer disease or functional dyspepsia are possible. Not su... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Ibs?: This is a common complaint with irritable bowel syndrome. Other things are also possible. You should see your doctor for further evaluation.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Time for 1/2: The t 1/2 is the time it takes for your stomach to empty half of its contents. The normal value is approximately 120 minutes.
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Gallstones : This is a fairly classic presentation of symptomatic gallstones. If your acid medication is not working, i recommend you see your doctor for further ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: The use of hormones can cause certain liver diseases however the presence of hemangioma and fatty liver do not increase those risks. You should discus... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
A lot: There are a lot of medical therapies available for patients with crohn's disease. You should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Sometimes: Swallowing mucous is often associated with air swallowing which can cause bloating and nausea and sometimes pain.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Diet : Bloating is a common, non-specific symptom caused by many things. In your case you might try avoiding carbonated beverages, dairy, salads, drinking fr... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Rest: Hoarseness is generally caused by strain or irritation of the vocal cords. This can be due to screaming, excessive talking or singing, post nasal drip... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Daily fiber...: Make sure you have adequate fiber and fluid intake. Metamucil or similar 1-2 times daily with a full glass of water is a good start along with regular... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Multiple: The most common causes of liver cancer are cirrhosis and hepatitis b. Cirrhosis can be caused by any type of hepatitis (alcoholic, infectious, autoim... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is designed for self injection. Some patients may have a family member or friend help.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Difficult question : This question is too vague to be answered accurately. There are a number of things which can cause randomly occurring abdominal pain.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Stomach cramps are a common, non-specific symptom for lots of problems. Volume depletion or dehydration can cause cramping as can electrolyte disturb... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See a doctor: Your symptoms are somewhat vague however they are not suggestive of esophageal reflux. You should see your doctor for further evaluation to determine ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Leaky gut syndrome is not an established medical diagnosis. If your have gastrointestinal issues i recommend being evaluated by your primary md or ga... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Gastroesophagel jctn: This refers to the appearance of the tissue where the esophagus and stomach meet. The z-line is a zig-zag line where these 2 different type tissues m... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
5%: Genetics plays a role as do other factors such as smoking. Smoking or having a 1st degree family member with colon cancer may double your risk to 10%... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: Barium is an inert metal which is not absorbed and otherwise harmless. It will not interact with food. This is why it is used for radiographic exams.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Everyone's different: Some people with celiac disease eat gluten for years and feel fine. Others feel bad within 20 minutes after eating gluten. Unfortunately there is no... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: The most common causes of blood in the stool are hemorrhoids and an anal fissure (tear in anus). Other causes include cancer, poyps, diverticulosis, a... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: If you have a test which is positive for h. Pylori infection, taking antibiotics to eradicate it is important. H pylori is a carcinogen and even if u... Read More
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes but not always: There are benign causes of elevated bilirubin such as gilbert's disease which are of no concern. Hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells) can cause... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Many things: Abdominal pain is a somewhat difficult symptom to explain sometimes. If you have pain in your right lower abdomen possibilities include irritable bow... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Patients with hemachromatosis do not always have elevated liver enzymes. It is possible to have bronzing of the skin without elevated liver enzymes. A... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
You need treatment: If you have reflux more that twice weekly you should be on chronic acid suppression. If you have nausea, abdominal pain, black tarry stools, loss of a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It depends: Generally Aspirin is still safe in those with a history ulcers so long as acid medications such as omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix, preva... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It won't : If you have chronic, severe, constipation the chronic use of laxatives or stool softeners is not really harmful. You should discuss the details with y... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: This could be a symptom of an acid related disorder such as gastriis or esophageal reflux. A 2 week trial of Prilosec otc and a visit to your doctor a... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Possibly: Chronic nausea is a very non specific symptom which can be caused by gastrointestinal diseases, neurological disease, gynecological disease, urinary i... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: A radioactive tracer is injected into your veins. This is taken up by the liver and excreted in bile. It can then be followed using a camera to see th... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Make sure he follows up with his doctor properly, takes his medications as prescribed, maintains a low sodium diet and avoids alcohol.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Occasionally: Antidepressants may be helpful in decreasing symptom severity and frequency. I personally do not generally use Prozac (fluoxetine) but it may be help... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Possibly: This is a non-specific symptom and could be due to esophageal reflux, sinus disease, allergies or others.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not the same: Colitis is an inflammatory condition of the colon. Irritable bowel syndrome is a syndrome of chronic abdominal discomofort related to constipation an... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Varies: Ulcers can cause pain, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, anemia or weight loss. Ironically, most ulcers are probably asymptomatic.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Eat more vegetables and less red meats. Avoid dried fruits as well. Probiotics my be helpful too.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Common liver disease: Fatty liver is when fat is deposited in the liver. It can be caused by chronic moderate to severe alcohol consumption and some medications. The most c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: It is never normal to see blood in your stool. This is a common symptom of proctitis or hemorrhoids but further evaluation is needed with a colonoscop... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: This is uncommon and may be caused by food allergies. Some migraines can be brought on by certain foods.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It depends: Not sure what you mean by slow digestion. If you mean constipation, herbal suppliments containing senna can be helpful. You really should see your d... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: You may have some pain in the first week or so but it shouldn't be severe. You should see your doctor or surgeon.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Complications of bulimia include esophageal injury from vomiting, delayed gastric emptying, irritable bowel syndrome, esophageal rupture from vomiting... Read More
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Testimonials
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Sep 12, 2013
Gives kind, informative answers. A pleasure to recommend.
Sep 12, 2013
Gives good medical advice and is caring
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vinson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! this helped me know why my stomach felt this way i already knew i have abdominal pain from a long time and now i know why i have pain right now thanks so much u were ver...Read More
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It was 8yrs ago. But i did see a doctor and it turned out to betrapped gas and the x-ray should no fecal matter. I was given phosphate solution to clean out my abdomen. Thanx foe the reply though.
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you so much, this helped me out so much as I didn't know what to eat or drink because of all the wives tales being bought up with.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Springdale, AR - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Arkansas - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Springdale, AR - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic
Washington Regional Medical Center
ASGE
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