These symptoms are going to tell you that it is time for you to visit your doctor. Here is how to detect them.

The number of affected Americans is bigger than we all think.

It is certainly not the favorite topic of conversation, but there are a lot of people with gastrointestinal problems these days. You shouldn’t go through it alone. There are nine frequent digestive conditions, and here is a thorough overview of them and their symptoms, and the most adequate treatments available.You should contact your doctor instantly if you have noticed some of these symptoms.

The 9 Most Common Digestive Conditions From Top To Bottom!

Key Takeaways

-If you suffer abdominal pain it is very important to visit the doctor because it is a common indication for various digestive conditions.

-Gallstones  affect twenty million Americans

-Another cause for digestive problems is obesity, and it includes hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.

1. Chest pain: Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

According to Neville Bamji, MD, who is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital and a gastroenterologist with New York Gastroenterology Associates, there is a condition called acid reflux, it shows the symptoms of intense pain in your chest and it’s likely to happen after meals or at night.

It’s not that serious if you have these symptoms from time to time, but if they occur two times a week, this could be an indication that you are one of the twenty million Americans suffering from GERD, chronic digestive disease that affects 20 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). You should immediately contact you doctor if you have experienced chest pain, heartburn, nausea, bad breath, tooth erosion, constant heartburn.

By taking over the counter antacids or other remedies that impoverish the inflammation of the esophagus and avoiding to intake food and drinks that activate their symptoms, many people find relief. Nevertheless some cases might need surgical procedure or stronger medications.

2. Gallstones

Formed in your gallbladder (small, pear shaped sack) gallstones are hard deposits that accumulate bile for digestion. NIDDK claims that there are twenty million Americans affected by gallstones. If your gallbladder doesn’t vacant properly or if there is plenty of cholesterol or waste in your bile, it can cause formation of gallstones. If the gallstones aren’t dissolved by medication, surgery is sure to follow.

3. Celiac disease

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, 1 in 133 Americans suffers from celiac disease, but they also claim that 83 % of people who have it are not aware that they have celiac disease and are treated for different condition.

Gluten is a protein found in ray, wheat and barley, and a serious sensitivity to it is a Celiac disease. If you intake gluten,it effects your immune system ,causes damage  to your villi, the fingerlike protrusions in your small intestines that help you absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Some of the indications for this disease in kids are diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, vomiting. constipation, and weight loss. Indications in adults also can include anemia, fatigue, bone loss, depression, and seizures. Nevertheless, there might not be any indications.   Eating gluten-free food is the single treatment for this disease. Gluten-free food includes soy flour, brown rice, lentils, quinoa, corn flour, and amaranth.

4. Crohn’s Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of digestive conditions and Crohn’s disease is part of it. It affects the ileum, which is the small intestine, but any part of the digestive track can also be affected. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America registered about 700,000 Americans affected by this disease. Being an autoimmune disease, this condition makes your immune system to attack its own cells with the assumption that are invaders. Diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever are a few of the symptoms and treatment can include pain-killers, immunosuppressants but sometimes also a surgery, according to doctor Bamji.

5. Ulcerative colitis

More than half a million Americans are affected by ulcerative colitis which is yet another bowel inflammatory disease. Its symptoms resemble the symptoms of Cronh’s, but in this case, the large intestine, the colon, is the part that is solely affected by this inflammatory disease. When food or other materials are mistaken for invaders there is a development of sores and ulcers in the lining of the colon. Frequent symptoms are blood in the stool, abdominal cramps, pain with diarrhea. Medications can calm inflammation and a particular diet may help too but in more serious cases surgical procedure is necessary.

6. Irritable bowel syndrome

Do you have frequent stomach aches or discomfort that last for some period of time? Is your digestive track easily irritated? If this is the case you can be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (BS). According to the National foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10 to 15 % of the American population suffers from this disease. The symptoms can vary from being constipated to having diarrhea, or having hard and dry stools one day and watery the other day. Another symptom is bloating. The cause of the disease is not known but treatment is generally centered on diet that is conducted by avoiding food that produces gases (caffeine, dairy products, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cabbage and so on) or being on a low-fat diet which is high in fibers. Probiotics that are found in yogurt can also be helpful and since stress is one of the triggers, some people find therapy or antidepressants really helpful.

7. Hemorrhoids

If you notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl you could be suffering from hemorrhoids. This is a very common condition and seventy-five percent of Americans who are older than 45 years have it. This is inflammation of the blood vessels at the end of the digestive track. They are itchy and painful. Some of the causes are diarrhea, chronic constipation, pain during bowel movements and not enough fiber in your intake of food. You can treat this by being on a diet which is high in fiber, dinking plenty of water and doing exercise. Creams that are buyable without prescription can temporally relieve the symptoms. If none of the above is of use you should visit you doctor. Surgical procedure is sometimes necessary.

8. Diverticulitis

Mostly found in the colon, small pouches known as diverticula can be formed anywhere in the lining of the digestive system where weak spots can be found. Common among the elderly people, the condition when you have diverticula but no symptoms is known as diverticulosis. It seldom causes problems but if there is bleed from the pouches or they become inflamed it’s diverticulis. Some of the symptoms are fever, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. A major risk factor is also obesity. It can be treated with antibiotics or a special diet that is high in fiber but if it is more severe case it may be removed surgically.

9. Anal Fissure

At the end of the digestive track, the anus, there are anal fissures which are tiny, oval shaped tears. They have similar symptoms to hemorrhoids, such as straining after bowel movements and bleeding. Fissures can be caused by straining and hard movements and by diarrhea and soft stools. Diet which is high in fiber is usually the best treatment for this condition. Medications for relaxing the anal sphincter muscles as well as therapeutic can be useful as well.


Source >  everydayhealth

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