When you experience problems with your guts, you would highly likely keep it to yourself and don’t talk about it to anyone, but why? There is absolutely no reason to be shy or embarrassed of gastrointestinal issues, it turned out that almost one fifth of the globe population are suffering from one or more gastrointestinal issue like constipation, acid reflux, indigestion and bloating. So don’t feel embarrassed anymore, your problem could be very common and normal and even easy to treat right at you home or with a little change in our daily habits.
Check out the most common gastrointestinal problems, how to treat them and when to get worried.
1- Acid Reflux.
That annoying burning sensation that you get in your upper stomach or in your chest after eating especially if you lay down is called acid reflux. Acid reflux is very common especially among adults; almost twenty percent of the population in the USA have reported to experience acid reflux weekly while sixty percent of the population reported experiencing the symptoms at one point of their lives. Nothing can worsen acid reflux more than eating spicy foods, citrus fruits or fatty foods and laying down soon after. Acid reflux can be treated with OTC meds, however if you are experiencing other symptoms like difficulty swallowing, anemia or unintentional weight loss then visit your doctor to rule out the likelihood of cancer.
If you experience aches, nausea and bloating after eating a large meal on regular basis then you are dealing with indigestion, indigestion was estimated to affect about 20 to 40% of the population in the USA. Like acid reflux, indigestion can also be treated with OTC acid blocking meds.
3- Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or known as IBS is actually pretty common, it can come in the form of unexplained diarrhea, constipation or a mixture of the both. If your bowl movement seemed off for a few days there’s no need to assume that you’ve got IBS, the condition is mainly diagnosed after experiencing minimum six months with unexplained abdominal pain and change in the frequency and form of the bowel movement.
Between 25 to 45 million people in the USA have IBS, while the condition is not dangerous and common, doctors are not exactly aware of the cause, it is a chronic illness and it seems to affect more women than men, doctors suggest that it could be because the intestines are less supported in the pelvis in women than men.
If you were diagnosed with IBS, your doctor will prescribe meds to control the symptoms and you may be referred to a colon cancer screening. Being up to date for colon cancer screening is important especially if you have IBS or family history of colon cancer, this type of cancer don’t really show symptoms in the early stages.
If you experience other symptoms like blood with the stool, fevers, unintentional weight loss and nocturnal bowel movement (waking up just to go to the toilet) make sure to seek immediate medical attention.
4- Functional Constipation.
This is a condition where the patient will experience a consistent difficulty in passing bowel movement; it is mainly caused due to a pelvic floor dysfunction in women, where there is incoordination between the rectal muscle and the Pelvic floor.
The condition can be treated with physical therapies.
About 15 percent of adults experience regular constipation, if you just started experiencing constipation check with your doctor to find out if there are tumors or any blockage that could be causing the condition.