Stomach and Digestive - Symptoms

Commonly Misdiagnosed Digestive Problems

Digestive problems tend to disguise themselves as other conditions, and as a result, it can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. But your health depends on it.

What You Need to Know About Barrett's Esophagus

Although the condition itself doesn't cause symptoms, the acid reflux that causes Barrett's esophagus frequently leads to heartburn and is commonly found in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Natural Solutions to 3 Gas Problems

Eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water each day, and refraining from doing things that can worsen digestive problems could be all you need to ease your digestive woes.

What You Need to Know About Dysbiosis

Not all bacteria are bad: They can positively contribute to the digestive process. But too much good bacteria can also be unhealthy. That's why, when your bacteria balance gets out of whack, you can develop dysbiosis. Discover the symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.

Food Allergy or Food Intolerance? How to Tell the Difference

After finishing a delicious meal, you suddenly feel itchy and your stomach hurts. Could the problem be caused by a food allergy or a food intolerance? It can be difficult to tell at first, but there are signs that can help you get to the root of the problem.

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

This condition is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, which allows larger-than-normal particles such as undigested food, microbes, wastes, and toxins to get into the lymphatic system or bloodstream, triggering an immune response that causes inflammation.

Could You Have an Intestinal Parasite?

If you've been experiencing stomach pain, diarrhea, and fatigue, you may have an intestinal parasite. Intestinal parasites are fairly common and can be serious, especially in the elderly, people living in undeveloped countries, and those who have other health problems.

Living with Dumping Syndrome

If you've had surgery to remove part of your stomach or had gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight, you may be susceptible to this condition.

Understanding Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is the final phase of chronic liver disease when the liver begins to function poorly due to scarring. Get familiar with how this disease affects your liver, know the symptoms, and learn what you can do to treat and prevent this incurable disease.

What is Hemochromatosis?

Also known as hereditary hemochromatosis, the body absorbs too much iron from foods you eat. The excess iron then gets stored in your organs, especially the liver, heart, and pancreas, which over time can damage them and lead to life-threatening illnesses.

C. Difficile: Risks and Complications

Clostridium difficile (more commonly known as C. diff) is a serious bacterium that can wreak havoc on your digestive system, causing a range of ailments from severe diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation.

Frequently Ignored Cancer Symptoms

Many people only discover they have cancer when something turns up on an x-ray, ultrasound, or other routine test. Unfortunately, the disease may then be in its later (and more difficult-to-treat) stages.

Delayed Heartburn: Why Does it Happen?

Ever eaten something you knew would ignite heartburn or acid reflux, but afterwards were surprised to find that you didn't experience symptoms? If so, don't be relieved, the burn can plague you within hours or even days.

How to Treat Swallowing Problems

How can a simple task like swallowing become a difficult mission? You might think this should be easy for your muscles to do, but it takes more just strength.

Drink More Water, Be More Regular

When your body doesn't get enough fluids, especially water, the result can be hard, dry stools and chronic bouts of constipation.

4 Actions to Take After a Crohn's Diagnosis

While receiving a diagnosis of Crohn's disease can be scary and overwhelming, there are steps you can take to cope with this chronic condition and regain a sense of control.

How Smoking Affects Your Digestive System

By now, you're probably aware of the many dangers of smoking, including life-threatening diseases such as cancer and emphysema. What you may not know, though, is what smoking does to your digestive system.

Beauty Products May Aggravate Celiac Disease

If you have celiac disease, it's not just the gluten in foods you need avoid. Some dermatologists believe that gluten-containing lotions, deodorants, perfumes, soaps, shampoos, and even lipsticks and facial foundations are absorbed by the bloodstream and can adversely affect people with this disease.

5 Ways to Avoid Heartburn This Holiday Season

Heartburn can be difficult to avoid this time of year, what with heavy meals and heavy stress at every turn. Fortunately, by making some simple adjustments, you can help put out the fire and enjoy the excitement of the season.

Using Massage to Ease Digestive Ills

Massage therapy may be helpful in relieving stress, which can disrupt the digestive process and aggravate IBS symptoms. It may also help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with other digestive disorders.

Pancreatitis: What You Should Know

Pancreatitis begins as a sudden and painful attack that is usually resolved within a few days with treatment. However, the condition can sometimes be life-threatening.

Understanding Enteropathic Arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis, a chronic illness that is one of a family of diseases known as spondylarthritides, is associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Can You Outgrow Lactose Intolerance?

Being lactose intolerant means that you cannot digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. While the condition isn't serious, the symptoms can be quite uncomfortable. So, is it possible to outgrow it?

Celiac Disease: Is Your Child At Increased Risk?

Did you know that if your child was born by caesarean section, she could be at increased risk for celiac disease?

All About Anal Fissures and Fistulas

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber: What's the Difference?

Both types of fiber are good for your health, but each serves a distinct purpose and can be found in specific foods. So, are you getting enough of each?

How to Find Help for Hemorrhoids

If you're noticing bright red blood when you have a bowel movement, don't be alarmed just yet. There's a good chance you have a case of hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids: A Real Pain in the Rear

If you're experiencing pain and burning in your backside, you may have a case of hemorrhoids. Rarely considered serious, hemorrhoids usually go way on their own within a few days.

What to Do About "Nervous Stomach"

Whether it's the result of a problem at home or the anticipation of an upcoming event, we've all had the feeling of about 100 butterflies making their home inside our stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to live with this feeling that you're going to lose your lunch.

The Causes and Treatments of Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula, small pouches lining the digestive tract, become inflamed or infected. The problem usually affects people ages 40 and older. Although most people with diverticulosis don't experience any symptoms, others may have severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
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