Digestive Problems

There are many kinds of digestive problems caused by genetic predisposition or lifestyle that may put you at extra risk of developing some of the digestive problems further in your life.

Digestive Problem: Ulcers

Ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract are usually acidic and extremely painful digestive problems that cause scarring and bleeding along the intestinal wall. Ulcer growth is characterized into 5 stages:

Peptic Ulcer - digestive problem in which there is a formation of painful sores (ulcers) in the stomach lining or first part of the small intestine (duodenum ulcer). Peptic ulcers cause abdominal pain , bloating and abdominal fullness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss, regurgitation of esophagus acid, Hematemesis (bloody vomit) from a bleeding gastric ulcer, bloody stools (Hematochezia), Melena (tarry, black, foul-smelling feces), and rarely, gastric or duodenal perforation that is extremely painful and requires immediate surgery.

Duodenal Ulcer - these generally benign digestive problems occur in the first part of small intestine called the Duodenum.

Gastric Ulcer - develops when stomach acids and digestive juices injure the stomach's lining of protective mucus. Gastric ulcers are often caused by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

Esophageal Ulcer - ulcer within the esophagus, sometimes causing reflux

Stress Ulcer - lesions (lacerations) found in the esophagus, stomach or duodenum. Stress ulcers are normally only found in critically ill or people undergoing unusually high stress.

Bleeding Ulcer - untreated peptic ulcers that cause bleeding are most dangerous ulcers because they can cause of a number of other problems in the gastrointestinal tract. See your doctor immediately if you are showing symptoms like red poop or very dark, almost black stools.

Refractory Ulcer - peptic ulcers that have not healed after at least 3 months of treatment and are categorized as different digestion problems.

Digestive Problem: Bacterial Diseases

Harmful bacteria can often invade the gastrointestinal tract and cause many digestive problems such as:

Digestive Problem: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a term that refers to two digestive disorders that are genetically linked, but is also caused by poor intestinal health. IBD caused intestinal inflammation and occurs as these two disorders:

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is characterized by swelling of the gastrointestinal tract, abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea. Crohn's disease can be quite debilitating and affect a person's ability to participate in normal activities, and can lead to serious complications.

Ulcerative Colitis

A chronic, ongoing digestive problem of the lower gastrointestinal tract causing abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea due to inflammation and the development of open sores (ulcers) in the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Common Digestive Problems

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is another common digestive problem that occurs in the large intestine (colon). Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often confused with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, but they are quite different. This digestive problem, while serious, is not life-threatening and does not increase risk of colon cancer.

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Diverticulosis (Diverticular Disease)

Digestive problem causing weakness in the colon walls and outpocketings of the colonic mucosa and submucosa in the colon. They are common in the sigmoid colon, which is a common place for increased pressure. This is uncommon before the age of 40, and increases in incidence after that age. Bleeding is the most common symptom of this disorder.

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Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage

Hemmorages are burst blood vessels. If the red stool is not a common and recurring problem, you might not have to worry as chances are the body will fix itself and the burst vessel is not major. In case the bleeding is heavy or is recurring, take necessary precaution due to the sensitive nature of the digestive tract.

Colon Polyps

Colon polyps can cause red blood to appear in the stool. This digestive problem shows itself as growths on the inside of the colon that are believed to be the precursors to colon cancer. Blood from polyps or colon cancer is not always visible in the stool, even though it is present. This type of blood is called "occult blood," and can be identified with a simple test. The fecal occult blood test is important for anyone who is at risk of developing colon cancer.

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