A non-neoplastic or neoplastic disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract, anus, liver, biliary system, and pancreas

Symptoms of Digestive Disorders

The following features are indicative of Digestive Disorders:
  • burning sensation in the chest
  • chest pain
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • dry cough
  • hoarseness
  • regurgitation of food
  • sensation of a lump in the throat
  • abdominal pain or cramping
  • bloated feeling
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • mucus in the stool
It is possible that Digestive Disorders shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Digestive Disorders

The following are the most common causes of Digestive Disorders:
  • frequent acid reflux
  • abnormalities in the gastrointestinal nervous system

Risk Factors for Digestive Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Digestive Disorders:
  • obesity
  • bulging of top of stomach up into the diaphragm
  • pregnancy
  • smoking
  • dry mouth
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • delayed stomach emptying
  • scleroderma
  • people under age 45
  • have a family history of irritable bowel syndrome
  • mental health problem

Prevention of Digestive Disorders

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Digestive Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • avoid tight-fitting clothing
  • eat smaller meals
  • don't lie down after a meal
  • don't smoke
  • Intake fiber supplements
  • do relaxation exercises
  • do deep breathing

Occurrence of Digestive Disorders

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Digestive Disorders cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Digestive Disorders most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Digestive Disorders can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Digestive Disorders

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Digestive Disorders:
  • Ambulatory acid probe tests: To measure acid for 24 hours
  • X-ray of upper digestive system: To see a silhouette of esophagus, stomach and upper intestine
  • Endoscopy: To visually examine the inside of the esophagus and stomach
  • Manometry: To measure the movement and pressure in the esophagus
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: To examine the lower part of the colon
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan: To produce cross-sectional X-ray images of internal organs
  • Stool tests: To examine the stool for bacteria or parasites

Doctor for Diagnosis of Digestive Disorders

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Digestive Disorders:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Digestive Disorders if untreated

Yes, Digestive Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Digestive Disorders is left untreated:
  • narrowing of the esophagus
  • esophageal ulcer
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • hemorrhoids
  • impact overall quality of life

Procedures for Treatment of Digestive Disorders

The following procedures are used to treat Digestive Disorders:
  • Nissen fundoplication: To prevent reflux by wrapping the very top of the stomach around the outside of the lower esophagus
  • Linx: To strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter

Self-care for Digestive Disorders

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Digestive Disorders:
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Lowers the frequency of heartburn
  • Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn: Helps in preventing heartburn
  • Avoid smoking: Enhances the lower esophageal sphincter ability to function properly
  • Eliminating high-gas foods: Decreases the chances of disease
  • Eliminating gluten: Shows improvement in diarrhea symptoms
  • Eat at regular times: Try to eat about the same time each day
  • Drink plenty of liquids: Try to drink plenty of fluids every day
  • Exercise regularly: Stimulates normal contractions of the intestines

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Digestive Disorders

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Digestive Disorders:
  • Acupuncture: Beneficial in treating heartburn
  • Relaxation therapies: Lowers the signs and symptoms of GERD
  • Hypnosis: Reduce abdominal pain and bloating
  • Probiotics: Eases the symptoms
  • Regular exercise, yoga, massage or meditation: Relieves stress
  • Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy: Relax the muscles in the colon

Patient Support for Treatment of Digestive Disorders

The following actions may help Digestive Disorders patients:
  • Counseling: Helps in reducing the chances of worsening the symptoms
  • Learn about IBS: Helps you take better charge of it
  • Seek out others with IBS: Join IBS support groups on the Internet or in your community

Time for Treatment of Digestive Disorders

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Digestive Disorders to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Digestive Disorders.

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