A digestive issue can rob you of quality of life and make social situations seem unbearable. Millions of Americans are living with digestive issues. Many don’t have a diagnosis or know how to cope with the symptoms that are affecting their day-to-day lives. Many people suffer alone without realizing just how common digestive issues are. We often see the same types of issues over and over again in our patients here at Digestive Care Physicians in Georgia. Are you struggling to discover what is behind the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing? Take a look at the five most common digestive problems people experience.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) experience pain or discomfort at least three times per month for a period lasting several months. It is believed that somewhere between 10 percent and 15 percent of people around the world suffer from IBS. Here are some of the most common symptoms of the condition:
- Hard stools
- Water stools
IBS symptoms can often be triggered by diet. Many people find that dairy, alcohol, caffeine and artificial sweeteners can trigger IBS symptoms. Adding probiotic supplements to a diet can often help to reduce symptoms.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition that 780,000 Americans live with. While the cause of this painful disease is unknown, it is believed that genetics play a big role. People living with Crohn’s often experience rectal bleeding, fever, diarrhea and weight loss. The condition is often treated using pain relievers, immunosuppressant agents or surgery.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD is a painful condition that causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. The result is a strong burning pain that is felt in the middle of the chest. Most people experience the symptoms of GERD following meals. GERD differs from the occasional bout of heartburn that we all experience from time to time. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Persistent heartburn
- Bad breath
- Tooth erosion
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
About 20 percent of Americans are currently living with GERD. Some people find relief by changing their diets. Others require surgery or medical treatment.
A gallstone is a deposit that forms inside your gallbladder. Gallstones are typically caused by having too much cholesterol or waste in your bile. Roughly 25 million Americans have this condition. A telltale sign of gallstones is a sharp pain on the right side of your abdomen. This problem typically requires medication or surgery.
People with Celiac disease suffer from an extreme sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye. Symptoms occur because gluten causes a response in the immune system. Here are some of the symptoms of Celiac disease:
- Bone loss
The symptoms of Celiac disease can make it difficult for many people to function in everyday life. Avoiding all sources of gluten is essentially the only way to get relief from the symptoms of Celiac disease. Living a gluten-free lifestyle often requires professional dietary counseling due to the fact that gluten is so prevalent in so many of the foods we eat.
Are You Suffering From a Digestive Disorder?
Do you suspect that you are living with an undiagnosed digestive disorder? Digestive Care Physicians has five locations throughout the Atlanta area where we help our patients to find ways to cope and thrive while living with a variety of digestive issues and disorders. In addition to the five common digestive problems discussed above, we also assist our patients with other common and rare issues. We have five physicians and many helpful, highly qualified staff members spread throughout our locations in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming and Lawrenceville. We proudly see patients from Roswell, Milton, Duluth, Canton, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Marietta and communities throughout the Atlanta area. We want to help you investigate the cause of your symptoms and live your best life. Our offices have cutting-edge diagnostic tools. Call us today to book an appointment.
All of the information shared above is intended to be used for general purposes only. Do not confuse any of the information provided as a substitute for a diagnosis or replacement for care. Seek medical treatment immediately if you are experiencing severe pain, fever, bleeding or other worrying symptoms. You can call us here at Digestive Care Physicians to book a consultation for any non-emergency concerns that you have.
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