UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES

Gastrointestinal issues are among the most common health problems experienced by individuals worldwide. From occasional indigestion to chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), these disorders can significantly impact one’s quality of life and overall well-being. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and management strategies for gastrointestinal issues is crucial for both healthcare professionals and those affected by these conditions. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of gastrointestinal issues, exploring their various forms, potential triggers, and effective ways to manage them. 

Symptoms: 

One or more of the following symptoms are often the initial indication of issues in the digestive system:

  • Bleeding.
  • Bloating.
  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Heartburn.
  • Incontinence.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Pain in the belly.

Whenever you have these symptoms or conditions you should seek help from a Gastroenterologist to seek the right treatment. 

Causes: 

Many factors can upset your GI tract and its motility, including:

  • Eating a diet low in fibre
  • Not exercising enough
  • Consuming a lot of dairy products
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, possibly because of haemorrhoids
  • Overusing anti-diarrheal medications that, over time, weaken the bowel muscle movements called motility
  • Taking antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminium
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Pregnancy

Treatment options:

Gastrointestinal diseases can be treated in various ways but one of the most opted ways is upper GI endoscopy or a gastroscopy.

So what is it and how does it work?

GI endoscopy or gastroscopy is the examination of the upper GI tract which is the oesophagus, stomach, and the upper part of the small intestine. 

GI endoscopy consists of an endoscope with a flexible tube and a camera on the front. 

It helps us to diagnose various conditions, such as peptic ulcers, ulcers in the stomach, cancerous lesions in the upper GI tract, active bleeding, significant weight loss or abdominal pain then you go ahead with upper GI or gastroscopy.

Remember understanding and managing gastrointestinal issues is essential for maintaining good overall health. By recognizing the common symptoms and causes of these issues, individuals can take proactive steps to prevent or address them. It is important to maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and manage stress levels to promote a healthy digestive system. Additionally, seeking medical advice when necessary and following prescribed treatments can help alleviate symptoms and manage gastrointestinal conditions effectively. By prioritizing our digestive health, we can improve our quality of life and enjoy optimal wellness. Let us all commit to taking care of our gut health today!