Digestive issues are incredibly common. Many of us simply ignore them, at least until we can’t ignore them anymore. After all, these issues can seem mysterious and embarrassing. We will often put more effort into hiding the issue than in discovering the cause and treating it.
I understand that. I understand the embarrassment. That’s why online articles like this can be such a useful resource. You can look it up and learn about your problems without any risk of embarrassment.
So, let’s get to it. To begin with, let’s talk about the symptoms that suggest you’ve got a digestive problem. According to GastroCare LI, some of the most common symptoms of a digestive problem include:
- Diarrhea or, alternatively, constipation
- Bloating and cramps
- Headaches after eating
- Painful gas
Obviously, sometimes something doesn’t agree with us, and if it’s a one-off, you may have nothing more serious than a bit of food poisoning. But if you start seeing these symptoms consistently, it may be time to start looking for a cause.
What is that cause? There are plenty of digestive problems out there, but some of the more common are:
- Intolerance to certain foods: This is different than having a food allergy. An intolerance won’t result in an outbreak of a rash or hives, but it very likely will show itself in the above symptoms. Discovering the food you are intolerant of and removing it from your diet can lead to the end of your uncomfortable symptoms.
- Chronic constipation: A lack of exercise and fiber can lead to chronic constipation. This isn’t just an issue on rare occasions, but a constant concern that can cause serious damage to your digestive system. By increasing exercise and water and fiber consumption, you can reduce this problem.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: This, or the similar Inflammable Bowel Disease, can lead to very significant symptoms, including blood in the stool (always a symptom that should result in a visit to the doctor). With these problems, you’ll need to speak to your doctor to find a treatment that will work best for you.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Another one for the doctor. This is when heartburn goes beyond an occasional discomfort and becomes a constant presence. Heartburn results from acid reflux from the stomach, and that acid can cause many long-term problems for your health. Work with your doctor to reduce your stomach acid issues and the damage they cause.
This is really just the beginning. There are plenty of other common and uncommon digestive problems. It’s important to recognize that these issues are like any other medical issue: they’re natural, they can be serious, and they should be dealt with by medical professionals.
It’s time to get over the embarrassment and put your health first. Go to your doctor and discuss your symptoms so you can start focusing on getting healthier, feeling better, and end the embarrassment for good.