The digestive system is often taken for granted until something goes wrong. It can be affected by diseases, diet, emotional and physical stress. Some symptoms of digestive problems sound mild and trifle: bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain and cramps. A tummy ache is common, especially among children. But what if it were caused by a virus or bacteria? Would you take it more seriously? It could even be nerves causing stomach cramps. Stress, anxiety, and excitement can cause physical symptoms and affect our digestive health.
If your stomach pain is sudden and very severe, you should seek medical attention right away. Bouts of sickness or nausea should also be checked out to make sure there isn’t something wrong. It could be something simple like intolerance to lactose. Once physical causes are ruled out, take into account how you react to stressful situations.
Most Common Digestive Problems and Their Symptoms
Constipation is one of the most common health complaints, affecting up to 20% of the population. It is the reduced frequency of bowel movements requiring excessive straining at defecation in order to pass the stool.
- Reduced frequency – in general, less than three bowel motions per week is considered abnormal.
- Straining at defecation
- Passage of small, hard stools
- Feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowel (incomplete evacuation)
- Passage of liquid stool (overflow diarrhea)
- Pain in the anus or abdomen
- Abdominal bloating
Heartburn is the most common symptom of a condition called gastro-oesophageal reflux or acid reflux. Heartburn occurs when the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. Heartburn is sometimes called acid indigestion and usually occurs after meals. This happens when the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. Even most healthy people experience heartburn every now and again.
Hiccups, or hiccoughs, are involuntary sounds made by spasms of the diaphragm. They are usually harmless and resolve by themselves after a few minutes. Prolonged hiccups that last for days or weeks may indicate an underlying disorder which needs investigation.
Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.
So What Can You Do About It?
If you or a loved one have from any of the above digestive problems, consider attending our free “Stress, Hormones, and Health” dinner presentation. You will learn how stress and hormones can affect every aspect of your body.
If you are looking for ways to get relief from these problems without medication, why now schedule a Wellness Consultation? Dr. Jones will go over every aspect of your lifestyle and recommend changes to help you feel better.
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