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Stomach Conditions and Diseases

A lot of people have asked me about stomach conditions, so I have gone through my research files and have compiled some conditions that I am aware of, either family or friends of mine have had or have these conditions and well since I love to research I have the information. There are so many out there, so I will be doing more research and adding to the list from time to time. If anyone has anything they would like me to add about a condition that I haven’t mentioned please let me know. I always love to learn new things and suggestions are always welcome. So here is what I have so far and they are not in any order.

Colitis:  Colitis is an inflammation of the colon. The colon has a blood supply it has arteries that deliver oxygen rich blood and nutrients to it, veins drain carbon dioxide and lactic acid from it. Diseases that decrease blood supply can cause inflammation of the colon. Viruses and bacteria can cause colon infections.

Ulcerative Colitis: This type of colitis is thought to be an autoimmune illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the colon and causes inflammation. Ulcerative colitis begins in the rectum and may spread throughout the colon. The signs and symptoms include bloody bowel movements and abdominal pain.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):  Symptoms include abdominal cramping or pain, bloating and gassiness, and altered bowel habits. It can also be called Spastic Colon. It is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder of unknown cause. It has been suggested that IBS is caused by dietary allergies or food sensitivities, but this has never been proven.

Cohn’s Disease:  This is a slow developing, long-term inflammation of the digestive tract. It can affect any part of the digestive tract. It usually involves the small and large intestines. It is known for its unpredictable flares and remissions. This disease can invade deeper tissues of the intestinal wall and spread to involve more areas of the bowel. Ulcers may form at the sites of inflammation.

Barrett’s Esophagus:  This is a condition in which the cells of your lower esophagus become damaged, usually from repeated exposure to stomach acid. Barrett’s esophagus is most often diagnosed in people who have long-term gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD.  Only a small percentage of people with GERD will develop Barrett’s esophagus.

GERD:  Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more serious form of gastro esophageal reflux (GER), which is common. GER occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens spontaneously, for varying periods of time, or does not close properly and stomach contents rise up into the esophagus. GER is also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation.

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi. Celiac disease cannot be cured. However, symptoms can go away and the villi in the lining of the intestines will heal if you follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. Because gluten is in everything, the protein is generally used as a binding agent those with celiac disease have to watch and read food and medication labels carefully to look for hidden sources of these grains and ingredients related to them.

Diverticulosis:  Diverticulosis is pouches in the large intestine. Most people who have diverticulosis don’t have any symptoms and may not even know they have it. Diverticulitis: Happens when the pouches become infected and inflamed. Symptoms of diverticulitis can include severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, constipation or diarrhea.

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