UNDERSTANDING DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

UNDERSTANDING DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS


Digestive system ranges from all the way from mouth to the rectum. It is an important part of our body. It is responsible for absorbing essential nutrients and getting rid of wastes from our body.

Chronic constipation is one of the digestive problems which are problem with getting rid of waste. This causes abdominal pain and bloating as well as fewer bowel movements that are more painful than usual. Medications can also provide relief in more serious cases. Food intolerance is another digestive problem. This is related to intolerance to certain foods. It is different from food allergies as food allergies cause hives and respiratory problems whereas in case of food intolerance it does not occur. Symptoms of food intolerance includes bloating and/or cramps, diarrhea, headache, heartburn, irritability, gas and vomiting. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, is one type of food intolerance. It causes digestive problems when you eat gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye. People with celiac disease must follow a gluten-free diet to minimize symptoms and damage to the small intestine.

Heartburns occur when stomach acids go back up into the esophagus, causing chest pain and the trademark burning sensation. If you have more frequent heartburn, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms of GERD are chest discomfort, dry cough, sour taste in the mouth, sore throat and swallowing difficulties. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a type of chronic swelling which affects one of more parts of the digestive tract. There are two types of IBD: Crohn’s disease: affects the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and ulcerative colitis: inflammation of the colon. Symptoms of IBD are abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, incomplete bowel movements, loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss, night sweats and rectal bleeding.

You may be able to overcome digestion problems with treatment and lifestyle changes. Certain diseases of the digestive system might be long-term, but medications can help alleviate symptoms.

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