A couple of decades ago, you may not have been familiar with many individuals who claimed to suffer from digestive issues. However, thanks to research and improved diagnosis, many of us are now much more familiar with common digestive issues. Here are just a couple of common conditions that you should be aware of. After all, the more you know about a condition, the more likely you are to identify warning signs if you come to experience it. This can result in seeking help more quickly and consequently being able to alleviate the symptoms sooner rather than later.


IBS

Perhaps the most common digestive issue tends to be ‘irritable bowel syndrome’, otherwise known as ‘IBS’. It is believed that around one in every five people suffers from the condition. Confusion regarding this health concern tends to come into play because of the wide variety of terms that can be used to refer to this type of illness and the areas that it affects. In short, it is a long-term (sometimes termed ‘chronic’) condition of the bowels (an area of the body also referred to as the gut). Symptoms often include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation; each of which tends to come and go over time. Unfortunately, it tends to be a lifelong problem that cannot be entirely cured but can be managed effectively to reduce the discomfort experienced by the sufferer. For more in-depth information on this condition, its causes, symptoms and potential treatments to alleviate the symptoms, check out patient.info.

Diverticulitis

Many individuals develop pouches called diverticula within the walls of their colon. However, when these diverticula become inflamed or irritated, the individual will be diagnosed with a condition called diverticulitis. This can prove extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Much like IBS, doctors are still unsure of exactly what causes this condition. They are unsure as to why diverticula develop, and there is, as of yet, no direct cure for the irritation and pain that they can create. However, much like IBS again, there are certain measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of the symptoms on an individual’s lifestyle, such as increasing consumption of fibre. If you regularly experience pain in your stomach (most commonly the lower left area), fever and chills, bloating and gas, diarrhoea or constipation, or nausea and perhaps even vomiting, you may want to consult your doctor to be checked out for the condition.

GERD

 GERD stands for ‘gastroesophageal reflux disease’ — as you can see, it’s much more simple to speak about it with an acronym. Another common name for it is ‘acid reflux’. This condition causes an uncomfortable burning sensation due to stomach acids backing up into your oesophagus. Now, everyone experiences acid reflux every now and again. But if you are experiencing it on a daily basis or multiple times a week, you should consider consulting your doctor for further diagnosis and advice.

Believe it or not, these three digestive problems are just a few of the most common on an extremely extensive list of inconvenient conditions. Be familiar with them and take action as soon as you see any of the warning signs. There’s no point in unnecessarily experiencing pain.