Diseases & Conditions
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Appendicitis happens when the inside of your appendix is blocked by something that makes it swell up. If you have appendicitis, there is a serious risk your appendix may burst. This can happen as soon as 48 to 72 hours after you have symptoms. Because of this, appendicitis is a medical emergency. If you have symptoms, see a doctor right away.
This condition occurs when the small or large intestine becomes partially or entirely blocked. The blockage can interfere with the normal process of digestion and cause severe abdominal pain.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which sufferers are not able to ingest gluten without damaging the small intestine. Over time, this causes the body not to properly absorb nutrients.
Constipation is defined as difficulty in emptying the bowels and/or infrequent bowel movements. It can include abdominal pain, small stools, hard stools and sometimes rectal bleeding. The length of time between bowel movements varies from person to person, but three or more days without one typically requires attention.
This inflammatory bowel disease affects the lining of the digestive tract. It is characterized by flare-ups of severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fatigue.
This term describes bowel movements that are loose and watery. Diarrhea is common and typically not serious. It is often caused by an infection or virus, but can also be a symptom of certain irritable bowel conditions.
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward from the large intestine. Their presence, which may be caused by a low-fiber diet, creates the condition called diverticulosis. Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula become inflamed or infected and cause abdominal pain, nausea and fever.
Gallstones occur when hardened pieces of bile – or digestive fluid – form in the gallbladder. The blockages cause steady pain in the right upper abdomen.
Heartburn/Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
The acronym GERD refers to gastroesophageal reflux disease. This digestive disorder affects the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach and causes the return of the stomach’s contents back into the esophagus – leading to heartburn.
Hemorrhoids are one or more swollen and inflamed veins at the site of the anal canal and can be either internal or external. They are created by pressure inside the canal, either during pregnancy or because of straining during bowel movements. They typically cause rectal pain, itching and bleeding.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD is the chronic inflammation of all or a portion of the digestive tract. It impacts the colon as well as the large intestine; many with Crohn's disease suffer from this condition.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is an intestinal disorder that causes bloating, gas, stomach pain, constipation and diarrhea. This disorder commonly affects the large intestine and can be caused by certain foods or stress.
Lactose intolerance is when your body can’t break down or digest lactose. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products.
Peptic Ulcer Disease
This condition refers to painful ulcers that line the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The most common symptom associated with this condition is a burning sensation after meals.
This condition is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the large intestine – also known as the colon. The colon becomes inflamed with tiny open ulcers, which cause pain and bloody diarrhea.
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