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Three Common Digestive Problems

Learn about three common types of stomach problems and how to recognize the symptoms.

Three Common Digestive Problems

Are you suffering from stomach problems and discomfort in your bowels? With the rich and synthetic foods in our modern diet, digestive problems have become very common. Here are three of the most common stomach ailments and some of the symptoms that will help you recognize and identify them. As with any health condition, if you think you have something serious or causes severe discomfort, it is best to see your doctor at the earliest.

1. Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers can run in families. They are more common in women. Duodenal ulcers will most commonly occur in those between the age of 20 to 60. Anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin or ibuprofen), smoking, unhygienic conditions and drinking can make a person more susceptible to stomach ulcers. You may consider the symptoms of an ulcer to be indigestion and brush aside any notion of it being something more serious.

It is best to see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, as peptic ulcers can cause bleeding in the digestive tract other nearby blood vessels. Nausea, stomach pain in the upper abdomen, a loss of appetite and weight and vomiting can be the early signs of a peptic ulcer.

2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is manifested in intermittent diarrhea, constipation and/or pain in your abdomen. It is most common in those between 20 to 30 years of age. The exact cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not entirely known, though it can be due to the syndrome running in families, stress or foods that irritate the bowels. The syndrome is also more common in females.

Symptoms for IBS include pain in the abdomen, a fullness of the bowel area even after passing stool, mucus in the stool, an alternating between constipation and diarrhea, nausea, difficulty in completing a meal, and vomiting. The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can sometimes be confused with an allergic reaction to a particular group of foods or the presence of a colorectal tumor.

3. Gastroenteritis

A bacterial or viral infection can irritate your stomach lining and intestines. This is known as gastroenteritis. You will know if you have gastroenteritis by its symptoms of nausea and vomiting, headaches, fever, abdominal cramps or diarrhoea.

The elderly may enter a state of confusion and babies may become listless and cry weakly. Even a mild case of gastroenteritis can lead to dehydration. Small babies and aged people are the most susceptible to the accompanying dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

How to remedy your stomach problems

There are a number of medical resources in the market that can assist you with diagnosing your stomach conditions. Once the type of your stomach problem has been confirmed, your doctor may prescribe you medication. Some of these remedies might include probiotic capsules, ginger capsules, digestion calming drops, colonease capsules or other nutritional supplements.