Gastrointestinal Disorders Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are showing signs of gastrointestinal disorders, it is best if you visit one of our medical providers for a proper examination, testing, and diagnosis. For more information, please call us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Kahului HI, Kihei HI and Lahaina HI.
Table of Contents:
What causes gastrointestinal disorders?
What are the most common signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders?
How do you diagnose a gastrointestinal disease?
How do you treat gastrointestinal disorders?
There could be a few common causes of an individual dealing with gastrointestinal issues, these common causes can be:
1. Low fiber diet
Fiber helps you feel full, but it also aids in the digestion of certain foods. Fibers have trillions of beneficial bacteria in them that help our large intestine, which then provides a wide range of health benefits to the rest of the body.
While stress and anxiety can affect your mental health, they can also affect your digestive health, particularly your gut microbiota. Stress can cause a broad range of digestive issues that include: appetite loss, inflammation, bloating, cramping, and changes to the microbiota.
3. Not drinking enough clear fluids like water
Water is one of the most important aspects of your digestive health and overall health, as it cleanses the entire gastrointestinal tract. Water helps to soften the stool, which in turn prevents constipation from occurring. If it is hard to drink just water, try mixing it up with unsweetened coffee, tea, or even sparkling water to get your 8 glasses of liquid in each day!
4. High dairy diet
Milk and cheese are loaded with fats and proteins that are quite difficult for the body to digest. This is why consuming large amounts of dairy products can cause issues like bloating, gas, constipation, and abdominal cramping.
5. Inactive lifestyle
Being physically active has many benefits, if you have an inactive lifestyle, it ends up not being good for your overall health and digestive health. This is why doctors recommend exercise and diet changes when it comes to taking care of your overall health.
You cannot avoid aging, with age comes predisposition for gastrointestinal disorders. Aging offers the ability for our digestive glands to decrease their activity, which in turn affects the gut motility, reflux, and certain digestive conditions which we can develop.
Unfortunately, your genes are an unavoidable factor when it comes to gastrointestinal issues. In some cases, all it takes is your modified genes for you to develop a gastrointestinal disorder. Your genes may be a part of the story, but it’s rare for genetics to be the entire reason.
General symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders can vary from condition to condition as well as from person to person. Many of these symptoms have common gastrointestinal problems, some of these common symptoms may suffer from when they have gastrointestinal disorders include:
– Abdominal discomfort including bloating, pain, or cramping
– Unintentional weight loss
– Acid reflux (also known as heartburn)
– Fecal incontinence
– Loss of appetite
– Difficulty swallowing
If you see blood show up in your vomit, stool, or urine, immediately visit your physician for examination.
To test for any digestive problems and diagnose a gastrointestinal disease, you may have to go through a few including:
– Upper GI endoscopy
– Capsule endoscopy
– Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
– Endoscopic ultrasound
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and any issues you are noticing in relation to gastrointestinal disorders, through specific treatments as it depends on the diagnosis from your doctor, as well as general care of your stomach and digestive tract, you may have to follow the following:
– Drinking plenty of fluids including water and tea
– Follow the basic BRAT diet, which includes bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. All of these food items are easy on the stomach and provide beneficial nutrients and bacteria to your body. Mainly avoid dairy, grease, and spices as these can aggravate the digestive system.
– Over-the-counter medications to ease your gastrointestinal symptoms
– Your medical provider may prescribe medications to control symptoms including nausea, and to promote the ability for you to rehydrate during your treatment time.
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