Common Signs & Symptoms of Gastro Disorders?

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Whether it is an upset stomach, diarrhea or heartburn that just doesn’t seem to go away. At Triborough GI New York we know that recurring digestive issues can sometimes point to something bigger than spicy food or a case of gas. Digestive distress can be caused by many various types of gastrointestinal disorders, some of which are ongoing, serious conditions.

The human digestive system is a system of organs that process nutrients and eliminate waste. If you are experiencing digestive problems, it can interfere with your daily life and routine. Digestive issues can cause mild discomfort, embarrassing and inconvenient symptoms or severe, debilitating pain.

These are some of the most common digestive system disorders and treatment options for people who have recurring (or chronic) symptoms.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Gastro Disorders

1. Severe stomach pain after eating a fatty meal

If you find yourself doubled over after eating a high-fat meal, you may be experiencing a gallbladder attack. Women are especially prone to gallbladder disease, as well as overweight women in their 40s are at highest risk. If the pain becomes worse after eating, it lasts 30 to 60 minutes, and may come and go, becoming more constant and severe over time, then it is time to get ahead of your abdominal pain (and boost your gut health) with a diet that’s rich in nutrients and fiber and low in fatty foods.

2. Reflux

Reflux occurs when stomach acid travels up your esophagus, sometimes entering your throat or mouth. This backwash of acid can cause irritation in your esophagus and throat, as well as pain in your chest (known as heartburn). Reflux can be caused by GER or GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is most commonly known as “acid reflux” and can be experienced after a large meal or drinking coffee or alcohol. GERD, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, is marked by frequent episodes of acid reflux, usually two or more per week. GERD can be caused when the sphincter that separates the esophagus from the stomach weakens or relaxes abnormally, allowing for the frequent backwash of acid. Acid reflux can usually be treated by lifestyle changes like eating smaller meals and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. GERD may need to be treated by prescription medication, surgery or other procedures.

3. Crampy pain with diarrhea or constipation

Lower “crampy” abdominal pain accompanied by bloating and diarrhea or constipation can be signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s exceptionally common and affects 15% of the U.S. population, particularly younger women, although it can happen at any age. Symptoms of IBS can usually be controlled by managing diet, lifestyle, and stress. Medication and counseling may be needed in some cases.

4. Gallstones

More than 25 million people in the United States have gallstones and nearly 75% of them are women. Gallstones are solid lumps in the gallbladder that form when bile crystalizes. They can range from the size of a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. When gallstones get stuck in a duct in the gallbladder, the gallbladder contracts, resulting in sharp or knife-like pain in the upper right abdomen. Gallstones can also cause nausea and vomiting and more serious digestive issues like pancreatitis. Gallstones can be treated through medication or surgery.

5. Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers are open sores on the lining of your stomach or top of your small intestine that cause abdominal pain. Some types of bacteria can weaken the protective stomach lining, allowing acid to come in direct contact with the wall of your stomach and cause ulcers. Other causes of peptic ulcers include smoking and excessive use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin, Advil and Aleve. Treatment options for peptic ulcers include antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria in your stomach and medications to neutralize stomach acid.

6. Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a condition marked by inflammation of the large intestine that causes sores to form on the lining. Symptoms include abdominal pain and the frequent urge to have a bowel movement. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease, meaning it is persistent or long-lasting and does not have a cure; however, treatment options including diet modifications and medication may help relieve symptoms.

7. Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is similar to ulcerative colitis, except inflammation is not limited to the large intestine and can affect any part of the GI tract—from the mouth to the anus. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include stomach pain, diarrhea, cramping and significant weight loss. Crohn’s disease affects an estimated 700,000 Americans. A combination of treatment options, including medication and therapies, can help people with Crohn’s disease live a full and rewarding life.

Catching GI Disorders During Early Signs

Most people tend to ignore symptoms of GI disorders. While some mild ones may end on their own, others may be a sign of sometimes more serious and life-threatening. It’s important to ensure you take note of these symptoms and seek medical intervention as soon as possible. 

Additionally, this may make it easier for you to catch the onset of serious digestive diseases that are easier to treat at the early stages in comparison to later stages.

In some cases, all you may need to do is to adjust your lifestyle to include more exercise such as walking or do diet changes to accommodate easier-to-digest foods and avoid inflammatory foods or those your body finds hard to accommodate. In other cases, medication is the best case of action. Schedule an appointment with Triborough GI today for any GI disorders. Our team of gastroenterologists specialists are ready to provide you with the care and treatment you need. 

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