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The human digestive system is a very complicated and sizeable component of the body. It starts right at the beginning of the mouth, ending at the rectum. Some of the major responsibilities of the digestive system include absorption of essential nutrients and elimination of wastes.
Not only do digestive problems have embarrassing and unwanted symptoms, serious, chronic diseases can be caused if the minor problems are not treated.
Some digestive problems are listed below:
- GERD: This is a burning sensation that results from acids in the stomach being squirted into the oesophagus. A burning sensation is felt, right from the chest to the end of the throat. Frequent heartburns can lead to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), symptoms of which include dry cough, sore throat, chest discomfort and difficulty in swallowing.
- Bloating: This is caused due to the presence of excess gas in the colon, small intestines or the stomach.
- Dyspepsia: This is an uncomfortable feeling or pain which occurs in the upper abdominal regions, mostly a result of excess food intake. It is commonly referred to as indigestion. Dyspepsia can be discomforting and if prolonged, medical assistance should be opted for.
- Chronic Constipation: Persistent constipation (chronic) is a sign that there is a problem with the elimination of wastes. This usually happens when the colon is unable to move or pass stools. Other major causes of chronic constipation can be changes in your usual diet, various eating disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and excessive consumption of dairy products among others.
- Food Intolerance: This occurs when the digestive system is unable to tolerate certain food items. This condition is different from food allergies as it only affects the digestive system. Some of the common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, gas and vomiting.
Possible Serious Conditions-
A gastroenterologist is a type of doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases involving the digestive system. If you continue to experience digestion problems, it’s time to make an appointment.
More serious signs could mean an emergency medical problem. Those signs include:
- bloody stools
- continuous vomiting
- severe abdominal cramps
- sudden, unintentional weight loss
These symptoms could be an indication of an infection, gallstones, hepatitis, internal bleeding, or cancer.
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.
Identifying specific digestion problems and talking with a gastroenterologist can go a long way in terms of helping your doctor give you a proper diagnosis. Remember, you don’t have to put up with constant digestive issues.
I am suffering from indigestion. Sometimes I feel like it's not indigestion but its constipation. I feel inflammation is stomach. I spend lot of times in washroom. I am facing this problem from l.3 days.
Suffering from constipation. Usg shows 3 nos 1.3 mm stone in gall bladder. Lipid profile within range but uric acid prevails at 8.6.pl suggest remedy.-age -67.
Acidity is the result of the formation of abnormally high levels of gastric juices in the stomach. The secretion of gastric juices also leads to a common condition known as heartburn.
- Burning sensation or pain in the stomach
- Sourness in the mouth
I suffered from fissure before 1 month. I took tablets for 12-15 days after that I have some relief. I also took care of my diet. Please suggest me some ideas by which I again don't face Fissure.
My grandmother aged 70 years was diagnosed with cholelithiasis. Doctor recommend surgery for gall bladder stones and we had to opt between general surgery and laparoscopy. We are afraid of laparoscopy as my sister was operated on laparoscopy for appendicitis 5 years back and the pain was normal even after surgery and after consulting various doctors for pain they said that laparoscopy should not be performed. We had to opt for it as it has quick recovery option then. Which is the best option. Waiting for your valuable suggestion. Thank you doctor.
I feel bloating, gas and belching in the stomach whole day plus the stomach growls often. I don't feel like eating a lot, it's also not letting me put on weight. Please suggest a permanent solution for this problem.
Sir I am 24 year male. Suffering light lower and middle back pain over 3 months. And sometimes both side abdomen light pain when gas occurred. Usg and lft normal. Occult blood test trace. But I ear carrot, cauliflower and beans before the test day. Gp says don't worry. I am eating duphalac oral solution about 10 days. And after take this stool clear and pain almost 99 % reduce. I am sitting daily 11-12 hours. What I do sir. Please says some medicine and advise.
My pulse rate almost up & down. I.e 72-104 my BP is standing 130/90 every time have a pain in upper abdomen with gastric problem since one & half year. when I walk or came my heart beat seeing on my stomach.
I suffer from IBS. Was prescribed lot of antibiotics in last 6 months for stomach infections. Rite now taking PPI wid domperidone. Extreme nausea, bloating and stomach heaviness. Was prescribed some probiotics like floristore. Not felt nice. But felt good after taking homemade curd. Stopped curd after throat pain and viral. I frequently get viral/ throat problems. Pls suggest any good probiotics contains only lactobacillus other than sporlac.
My stomach is bloating. Suggest some methods for a flat stomach please. Im 22, 5 ft 5 inch weighing bout 65 kgs.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease needs to be controlled in the initial stage only so that severe symptoms can be prevented. There are a few easy treatments that need to be followed for getting instant relief and quickest recovery.
What are the commonest signs of Inflammatory Bowel disease?
- Fatigue and fever: Low-grade fever can be experienced, which might invite fatigue, tiredness and weakness. Your energy levels will become too low, and thus you will lose your concentration to work.
- Diarrhea: This is regarded as the commonest signs of all, and it can be quite severe in a few cases.
- Stool with blood: If you find blood with stool, then it is a serious case, and this sign confirms clearly that you have got IBD.
- Cramping and abdominal pain: Ulceration and inflammation within digestive tract might invite both cramping and abdominal pain. Vomiting and nausea are the other two symptoms that are associated with the same.
- Weight loss: Your digestive system can get disturbed as a result of which you might lose weight on a frequent note. On the other hand, your appetite will get disturbed, and you will suffer from malnutrition.
What are the best ways to treat Inflammatory Bowel disease?
- Lifestyle change: Proper diet should be maintained, and you should include foods with low fats, high fiber and others. Non-spicy and non-dairy foods are quite suitable in this case. Smoking, alcohol drinking and other bad habits should be curtailed from the diet. Eat healthy and drink water in abundance.
- Surgery: Only for dealing severe conditions, especially ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease, surgery is chosen as the best option but this decision is normally taken by the doctor.
- Medications: Specialized medications are being used like anti-diarrhoeal medications, pain relievers, and iron supplements, Vitamin-d and calcium supplements, vitamin-12 supplements and many more.
- Home remedies: There are few commonest homemade therapies that can treat IBD, and they are meditations, probiotics, acupuncture, turmeric, aloe Vera, fish oil and others. These remedies are the safest of all, and thus no side-effects will be faced.
- Doctor's assistance: Without doctor's help, you will not be able to get the quickest recovery from IBD. Therefore, you got to visit the clinic regularly in order to get the perfect treatment. There are a few therapists who can help you to get rid of unwanted emotional difficulties. A support group can also be joined for receiving moral support.
Hey I have epigastric heaviness it often moves under my right ribs and sometimes into my chest. It's a constant annoying feeling of something present inside which feels very discomforting Also have a burning sensation I'm very worried What should I do?
I am. Suffering from Heavy gastritis how to control this endoscopy result show s GERD WITH fungal gastritis and doctor gives some tablets but till not working that tablets so how to control this My feelings Like Heart buns ,back pain, constipation problem. Pls give me best suggestion.
Sir already done blood investigation Like CBC, Rft, Kft,urine R/M, anti hcv, hbsag,sugar fasting, lipid profile, tft ,stool c/s Culture report is pending Rest of all report r normal I ask 2 a doctor for this he said it must be" impact bowl" something like that Will you please elaborate me what is this? M I alright or I have some mind problem?
Lever diseases causes what. And how to take care about lever. What food should take and not to take.
Is raw egg better than boiled egg when it comes to digestion, nutritional value etc? I cannot digest boiled egg or omelet. I will have severe bloating if consumed boiled egg, especially with egg-yellow. What could be the reason?
The liver is a key organ in metabolism and will have some amount of fat. However, excessive fat accumulation in the liver can be abnormal and is referred to as fatty liver. If the fat content exceeds anything more than 5% to 10% of the liver’s weight, it would be referred to as fatty liver.
Types - There are mainly two types based on causes:
- Alcoholic fatty liver: This is very common in people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Even a one-off instance of binge drinking can cause increased fat accumulation in the liver, but it would not produce any symptoms though. Preexisting hepatitis, pregnancy, obesity, and genetic predisposition may also lead to alcoholic liver disease.
- Non-alcoholic liver disease: This is the less common type of fatty liver, and there would be no alcoholic abuse history here. However, there could be genetic predisposition, obesity, autoimmune liver disease, malnutrition, which can lead to this condition.
Fatty liver disease is a chronic condition with insidious onset (meaning to say, the exact time of onset cannot be pinpointed). However, as the disease condition progresses, symptoms will become evident, which can trigger a medical evaluation to identify the fatty liver. Some of the symptoms include:
- Excessive fatigue and weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble focusing and concentrating
- Impaired judgment
- Constant, slow enlargement of the liver can cause pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen (where the liver is)
- There could be jaundice, where the skin and the white of the eyes turn pale yellow
- Symptoms of liver failure, including increased levels of proteins in the chemical tests.
As noted earlier, it is not easy to identify liver disease, as there are no specific symptoms. However, the above symptoms could point to a potential fatty liver.
- Blood tests, especially for liver enzymes
- Ultrasound, where the liver is imaged to look for any structural changes
- Biopsy, where liver tissue is extracted to confirm the diagnosis of fatty liver
There is no specific treatment for fatty liver. It can be managed through the following, where symptoms reduce in severity, and overall prognosis improves.
- Diabetes control: There is a relation between how well diabetes is controlled and severity of fatty liver. Improving diabetes control ensures fatty liver does not progress.
- Alcohol: Cutting down or even better quitting alcohol, definitely helps improve symptoms. If it is alcohol induced fatty liver, alcohol should be stopped.
- Weight management: Obesity and fatty liver are related, so weight management is essential.
- Healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen also helps improve symptoms of fatty liver.