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Digestive disorders are abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) also called the digestive system. The digestive system is made up of the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. Food is broken down into smaller bits (nutrients) by this system. This system as important at is it to the body might be experiencing some disorders that don’t hurt but are silently causing some serious damage. Here are 5 common digestive disorders you might have and not be aware of:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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This refers to long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract. There are two common types of disorder namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which are autoimmune diseases, meaning they are abnormal immune system reactions. IBD causes irritation and swelling, leading to diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss.

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS)

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This is common abdominal pain that occurs at least three times a month for three months in a row. People often confuse IBS with IBD as the symptoms can be constipation or diarrhea. More than 15 million Americans suffer from this digestive disorder and the cause is still not certain. Treatment may include eating smaller food portions and avoiding foods that cause the above-mentioned symptoms.

 

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a chain of muscles that connects the stomach and esophagus. The esophagus moves swallowed food down to your stomach. When you have heartburn or acid reflux more than a couple of times a week, you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This can cause serious damage to your esophagus over time. GERD can be treated with a change in what and when you eat and eating smaller food portions.

 

Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)

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Gastritis is inflammation or swelling of the stomach lining while Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) is an open sore in the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine. The bacteria H. pylori is the cause of these disorders which can be treated with antibiotics. These two conditions have similar symptoms, including stomach pain and nausea.

 

Gastroenteritis (Flu)

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Gastroenteritis or stomach flu is an infection of the stomach and upper part of the small intestine. Common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and cramps. Gastroenteritis often clears up on its own, but you lose fluids through diarrhea and vomiting. Prevent dehydration by drinking water and electrolyte drinks.


Have ever experienced any symptoms that seem similar to any of these digestive disorders? Do you know anyone that constantly has stomach disorders?Please share this article and ensure they visit a doctor as soon as possible. Say no to self-medication. Remember that health is wealth.

 

Written By Efe Ohworakpo

Culled From Health Grades, INC. USA.

 

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