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    Stomach Disorders

    Health    Stomach Disorders
    Also called: Gastric disorders
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    Your stomach is an organ between your esophagus and small intestine. It is where digestion of protein begins. The stomach has three tasks. It stores swallowed food. It mixes the food with stomach acids. Then it sends the mixture on to the small intestine.

    Most people have a problem with their stomach at one time or another. Indigestion and heartburn are common problems. You can relieve some stomach problems with over-the-counter medicines and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding fatty foods or eating more slowly. Other problems like peptic ulcers or GERD require medical attention.

    You should see a doctor if you have any of the following:

    • Blood when you have a bowel movement
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Heartburn not relieved by antacids
    • Unintended weight loss
    • Ongoing vomiting or diarrhea

    NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

    Symptoms of Stomach Disorders

    The following features are indicative of Stomach Disorders:
    • early fullness
    • unpleasant fullness
    • upper abdominal discomfort or bloating
    • upper abdominal burning
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • belching
    • burning stomach pain
    • fatty food intolerance
    It is possible that Stomach Disorders shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
    References: 1, 2, 3

    Common Causes of Stomach Disorders

    The following are the most common causes of Stomach Disorders:
    • overeating
    • smoking
    • alcohol
    • fatty or spicy food
    • supplements
    • stress
    • Helicobacter pylori bacteria
    • regular use of pain relievers
    References: 1, 4, 5

    Other Causes of Stomach Disorders

    The following are the less common causes of Stomach Disorders:
    • anxiety
    • gallstones
    • gastritis
    • pancreatitis
    • intestinal or stomach ulcers
    • intestinal ischemia
    • constipation
    • celiac disease
    References: 1, 4, 5

    Risk Factors of Stomach Disorders

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Stomach Disorders:
    • smoking
    • fatty or spicy food consumption
    • use of iron or other supplements
    • stress
    • alcohol consumption

    Prevention of Stomach Disorders

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Stomach Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • give enough time for meals
    • chew properly and completely
    • avoid talking while eating
    • avoid exercise after meal
    • relax if indigestion is due to stress
    • protect yourself from infections
    • use caution with pain relievers
    References: 1, 5

    Occurrence of Stomach Disorders.

    Degree of Occurrence

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

    Common Age Group

    Stomach Disorders most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Can happen at any age

    Common Gender

    Stomach Disorders most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 1, 4, 6

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Stomach Disorders

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Stomach Disorders:
    • Laboratory tests: To check thyroid function and other metabolic disorders
    • Breath and stool tests: To check for peptic ulcers
    • Endoscopy: To check digestive system functions
    • X-ray or CT scan: To check intestinal functions
    • Physical Exam: To diagnose the peptic ulcer and detect bloating in your abdomen
    • Blood test: To determine if the results fall within the normal range for different disorders or infections
    • Urea breath test: To check the levels of carbon dioxide in your stomach or small intestine
    • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and biopsy: To view inside your upper gastrointestinal tract
    • Upper gastrointestinal series: To view the shape of your upper gastrointestinal tract
    References: 7, 8

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Stomach Disorders:

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

    Complications of Stomach Disorders if Untreated

    Yes, Stomach Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Stomach Disorders is left untreated:
    • affects quality of life
    • loss of appetite
    • internal bleeding
    • infection
    • scarring
    References: 4, 5

    Procedures for Treatment of Stomach Disorders

    The following procedures are used to treat Stomach Disorders:
    • Psychological therapy: To treat anxiety or depression causing indigestion
    • Surgery: To treat the bleeding ulcers
    References: 6, 9

    Self-care for Stomach Disorders

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Stomach Disorders:
    • Follow healthy eating habits: Eat healthy 5 to 6 meals a day
    • Avoid caffeine: Reduce consumption of alcohol or caffeine
    • Avoid certain medications: Avoid indigestion triggering medications
    • Avoid spicy or fatty food
    • Choose a healthy diet: Provides relief from the pain of a stomach ulcer
    • Control stress: Prevents the worsening the signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer
    • Don't smoke: Lowers the stomach acid
    • Avoid alcohol: Prevents the inflammation and bleeding of the mucous lining in your stomach and intestines
    • Try to get enough sleep: Reduces the stress
    References: 5, 10

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Stomach Disorders

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Stomach Disorders:
    • Herbal therapy: To ease indigestion
    • Psychological treatment: To treat stress or anxiety induced indigestion
    • Acupuncture therapy: To block the nerve pathways carrying pain sensation to brain
    • Meditation: To ease stress induced indigestion
    • Intake of turmeric, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, neem bark extract: To treat stomach disorders
    References: 5, 10

    Patient Support for Treatment of Stomach Disorders

    The following actions may help Stomach Disorders patients:
    • Join eradication programs: Helps in eradicating the Helicobacter pylori infection
    References: 11

    Time for Treatment of Stomach Disorders

    While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Stomach Disorders to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
    • In 1 - 4 weeks
    References: 6

    Is Stomach Disorders Infectious?

    Yes, Stomach Disorders is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
    • human saliva
    • sharing food utensils
    References: 1, 4, 6

    Questions - Stomach Disorders

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    References

    1. MedlinePlus Indigestion https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    2. Mayo Clinic Indigestion http://www.Mayo - Accessed: February 20, 2017. Clinic.org/diseases-conditions/indigestion/symptoms-causes/dxc-20209277
    3. Mayo Clinic Peptic ulcer http://www.Mayo - Accessed: February 20, 2017. Clinic.org/diseases-conditions/peptic-ulcer/home/ovc-20231363
    4. Mayoclinic Indigestion http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    5. Mayo Clinic Peptic ulcer http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    6. Wikipedia Peptic ulcer disease https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peptic_ulc... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    7. Wikipedia Indigestion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigestio... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    8. NIH Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-informa... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    9. NIH Treatment of Indigestion https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-informa... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    10. Mayoclinic Indigestion http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    11. Sari YS, Can D, Tunali V, Sahin O, Koc O, Bender O. H pylori: Treatment for the patient only or the whole family?. World J Gastroenterol. 2008;14(8):1244-7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    12. Source: https://medlineplus.gov/stomachdisorders.html

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    This page was last updated on 6/10/2018.
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