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Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the duodenum (proximal small bowel) due to gluten allergy. Symptoms can include diarrhea, bloating, anemia, or nutritional deficiencies. The treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. You should expect to see marked improvement within days of starting a gluten-free diet. Click here to find out more.
Cirrhosis is a disease of the liver in which normal liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue. In the United States, alcoholism and chronic viral hepatitis are the most common causes of this disease. Frequently reported symptoms of this disease are fatigue, malaise, anorexia, jaundice, increased abdominal swelling, and easy bruising. Click here to find out more.
Constipation is the infrequent and difficult passage of stool. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains may help to prevent constipation. Constipation can be a sign of a serious intestinal problem and you should discuss this with your physician. Click here to find out more.
Gallstones are pieces of hard solid matter found within the gallbladder. They can range in size from as small as a grain of sand or in rare cases as large as a golf ball. Symptoms of gallstones may include intense right upper quadrant abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. Click here to find out more.
GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer
GERD is the abbreviation for gastroesophageal reflux disease which is the reflux of stomach contents and acid into the esophagus causing symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, and/or chest pain. A complication from prolonged reflux disease is Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus occurs when the lower lining of the esophagus is replaced by cells normally not seen in the esophagus. If Barrett’s esophagus goes untreated it can lead to esophageal cancer. Patients over 50 that have had significant heartburn or who have been on heartburn medications for a prolonged period, should be screened for Barrett’s esophagus. Click here to find out more.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus that have been stretched due to straining during bowel movements or prolonged sitting on the toilet. Patients with hemorrhoids may see bright red blood on the toilet paper after a bowel movement or experience rectal pain. Treatment may be as simple as eating a high fiber diet followed by lots of fluids or your doctor may recommend stool softeners. Click here to find out more.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that can be due to a variety of causes. Hepatitis C is the most common form of hepatitis. Risk factors for hepatitis C include intravenous drug use with needle sharing, snorting cocaine, body piercing, tattoos, and the sharing of normal hygiene items to include razors, nail clippers, and tooth brushes. Hepatitis C is usually asymptomatic until it results in advanced liver disease. You should consider being tested for hepatitis C if you have any of the risk listed above. Click here to find out more.
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis)
Inflammatory bowel disease encompasses both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Symptoms may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or weight loss. To find out if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis your doctor will take a detailed medical history, order lab testing, and possibly schedule an endoscopic procedure with biopsies to confirm the disease. Click here to find out more.
Intestinal gas refers to excessive burping, flatus, and/or bloating. It is usually due to excessive swallowing of air or increased fermentation of fiber by bacteria in the gut. Even normal amounts of gas in the body can bother people who are sensitive to this pressure. Although intestinal gas usually is not a sign of a serious medical problem, it can be bothersome. So if you have persistent or extreme gasiness (flatulence), mention it to your doctor when you have a checkup.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is defined as abdominal pain or discomfort associated with altered bowel function. Patients with IBS usually experience constipation, diarrhea, or both. As well as gasiness and bloating. For many people altering their diet can help lesson the symptoms associated with IBS. Click here to find out more.
Lactose is the predominant sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest this type of sugar. Symptoms associated with this condition are nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea, which are brought on after eating dairy products. Click here to find out more.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
NSAIDS can interfere with the protective lining of the stomach. Common NSAIDS found over the counter are Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, and Motrin. Click here to find out more.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms associated with pancreatitis include abdominal pain sometimes associated with, nausea and vomiting, fever, weight loss, and/or jaundice. Click here to find out more.
Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach does not empty in a normal fashion. It can be due to medications (particularly narcotics), diabetes, or viral infection. These tend to affect the nerves regulating gastric emptying. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight loss, and inability to eat a normal sized meal. Click here to find out more