Common digestive problems include heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS. Symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. Treatment includes a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.
The digestive system is an intricate and extensive part of the body. It ranges all the way from the mouth to the rectum. The digestive system is responsible for getting rid of waste and helps your body absorb essential nutrients. Digestion problems can mean more than unwanted, embarrassing symptoms. Minor problems that are left untreated can lead to more serious, chronic illnesses.
Ongoing (chronic) constipation indicates a problem with getting rid of waste. This most often occurs when the colon can’t pass or move stools through the rest of the digestive tract. You may experience abdominal pain and bloating as well as fewer bowel movements that are more painful than usual. Chronic constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in the United States. Getting enough fiber, water, and exercise will likely help curb constipation. Medications can also provide relief in more serious cases.
Food intolerance occurs when your digestive system can’t tolerate certain foods. Unlike food allergies, which can cause hives and respiratory problems, an intolerance only affects digestion.
- bloating and/or cramps
Food intolerance is usually diagnosed by using a food diary. Recording what you eat and when can help you identify which foods are triggering your symptoms.