Types of Stomach Problems

Everyone has stomach pains from time to time. We can eat something that doesn’t sit well in our stomach. We can have an upset stomach after intense exercise or when we’re sick. I recently learned, however, that some people deal with chronic stomach issues. They are affected by gastrointestinal issues on almost a daily basis. I found out about some of the common issues that people deal with on the website for GastroCare. GastroCare is a medical clinic that specializes in gastrointestinal procedures. They have experience with more than twenty different conditions that affect our stomachs and intestines.

Have you ever felt a burning sensation in the middle of your chest just after a meal or while laying down at night? If so, this could be a sign of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This disease occurs when the acid that normally sits in our stomach backs up into the esophagus. GERD is a disease that affects 20% of Americans. That’s one in five. If you feel like you’re the only one experiencing gastrointestinal issues, know that you’re not alone. Just about everyone experiences heartburn from time to time, but GERD is something that’s felt several times a week. It also carries some other symptoms such as bad breath, tooth decay, and nausea

Another of the most common diseases that affects the intestinal tract is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When people have a persistent and debilitating upset stomach at least three times a month, this is a definitive sign of the condition. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that many across the world deal with. An estimated 10-15% of the world’s population deals with IBS at some point in their life. We know that more than 25 million are affected in the United States. Pinpointing this condition can be hard at times, because the disease manifests differently based on your health and diet. Some people will experience diarrhea, some will have hard stool while others will deal with constipation. The direct cause of IBS is still unknown, but doctors do have treatment plans for individuals. Most of them include a diet that is high in fiber and low in fats. They also include probiotic foods such as yogurt and kombucha.

The last condition I want to talk about is celiac disease. This is more commonly known as gluten intolerance. When people with celiac disease eat gluten, they experience intense side effects like bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. This is because the immune system begins to damage the villi in your small intestine after ingesting gluten. The scariest part of this disease is that because gluten is found so commonly within foods, it is hard to properly spot and diagnose this issue. A celiac awareness group, Beyond Celiac, estimates that for every six people with the condition, five are unaware or have been misdiagnosed by a doctor. They also believe that one in every 133 Americans is affected by the condition. Fortunately, once the disease has been diagnosed, there are lots of great food options to replace gluten within the diet.

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