Digestive Disorders Treatment – Diagnosing Digestive Disorder

Digestive Disorders Treatment
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Digestive Disorders Treatment

As digestive disorders are of different types, there are various steps of diagnosis as well.

Depending on the condition of the patient, the methods of diagnosis would be determined. In either case, the doctor is the best person to decide what needs to be done. The process of diagnosis would involve appropriate procedures to determine the real problem, the severity of the disease and then plan the necessary course of treatment accordingly.

Noted below are some of the steps involved in diagnosing digestive disorders:

  • medical history

    Medical History

    Verifying the medical history is the first step in diagnosing the disorder. It actually helps in understanding if the disorder is something that has recently triggered or it is a condition of the past.  Along with medical history, the physical examination art also becomes essential.  The doctor would need to check the overall body weight of the person and whether or not it is proportionate to the body weight.

    In some cases, the doctor might as well try to examine the abdominal parts locally.

  • Psychologic Evaluation

    Psychologic Evaluation

    As the human digestive system and the human brain are very much interactive, this calls for a psychologic evaluation sometimes. Though there might not be any visible relation between digestive disorder and psychologic factors, but these are inter-related. It doesn’t really mean that the digestive disorder complains are imagined or simply made up, it rather means that the problems have been caused as a result of stress, anxiety and depression. This is a fact and it is true for 50% people having digestive disorder symptoms.

  • Diagnostic Procedures

    Diagnostic Procedures

    Based on the medical history of the individual and his physical examination, some diagnostic procedures are required. The tests for digestive disorders are carried out with the help of endoscopes. Endoscopes are basically flexible tubes used by the doctors for viewing the internal structure of the intestine or the affected part and obtaining the tissue as samples. Ultrasound scans, X-rays, capsule endoscopy, chemical measurements etc become essential as well. All these tests can assist the doctor in locating, diagnosing and treating the problem.

  • Endoscopy

    Endoscopy

    This is basically a process of internal examination wherein the structures of the internal organs are observed with the use of an endoscope. The equipment is passed through the mouth to locate the esophagus, the stomach, and the small and large intestine. It can also be passed through the anus or the rectum if required. This is one of the most preferred methods of diagnosis and involves no complications as well.

  • Capsule Endoscopy

    Capsule Endoscopy

    In this procedure, an individual has to swallow a capsule which has battery powder. These capsules contain small cameras, a transmitter, and a light. Images are taken from the inner intestinal lining and are transmitted to the receiver which is worn by the individual as a belt or a pouch.

  • Laproscopy

    Laproscopy

    This is also an examination procedure that involves the cavity of the abdomen with the use of an endoscope. This procedure requires general anesthesia and is almost like surgery. After washing the skin area thoroughly, an antiseptic is applied and a little incision is done in the individual’s navel for obtaining samples.

Several other procedures might be required as per the need of the patient and the intensity of the disorder. It is the doctor who decides what needs to be done.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Typical Digestive Disorder Form

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a type of digestive disorder in which the foods or fluids tend to travel backward. The foods travel from the stomach to the esophagus, which is the tube from our mouth to the stomach. This opposite action can cause irritation in the esophagus, thus resulting in heartburn and similar other symptoms. The disease is also recognized as Peptic esophagitis, GERD and Reflux esophagitis.

Gastroesophageal reflux is one of the most common conditions that doesn’t have any particular symptoms as such but is triggered after meals. In some cases, the reflux is often related to certain problems with lower esophageal sphincter and a band of several muscle fibers that generally closes the esophagus from our stomach. If the sphincter isn’t properly closed, foods and fluids would move backward and get into the esophagus once again and this is exactly what happens in case of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

Reflux also includes various risk factors, such as scleroderma, pregnancy and hiatal hernia.

Studies have also added that obesity contributes largely to the gastroesophageal reflux.

The Common Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of GERD are:

  • Heartburn: includes pain and burning sensation in the chest, just below the breast bone. The symptoms are aggravated by stooping, bending, eating or even lying down. Antacids act as an instant relief for these symptoms. The symptoms than to worsen at night
  • Food Regurgitation
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hoarseness/voice change
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulties in swallowing food
  • Coughing or wheezing

Diagnosis:

gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be diagnosed by a few tests, such as

  • Stool guaiac found positive.
  • Constant monitoring if esophageal pH that shows reflux.
  • Endoscopy revealing any form of inflammation or ulceration of esophagus.
  • Esophageal manometry revealing abnormalities in the sphincter pressure.
  • Barium swallow revealing reflux.
  • Bernstein tests needed for gastric acid reflux found positive.

Curing indigestion

Indigestion or known as Agnimandya is not a disease but a condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The Agni’s main function is making sure that food is properly digested in the body. If there is an imbalance in this area, then indigestion happens because the process is disrupted. There are several causes of indigestion. The most basic one is overeating and eating food that should be avoided. The result can be seen in stools where you can find amounts of undigested stuff.  Breaking wind or belching is known to provide temporary relief however there are negative effects of this process. Other reasons of indigestion include burning sensation in the area, eructation and overburdening of the stomach.

  • weight reduction

    Treatment

    General treatment measures include

    Weight reduction

    Avoid lying down right after your meals.

    Sleep on a bed with your head in elevated position.

    Drink plenty of water after taking medicines.

    Avoid having dietary fat, caffeine, chocolates and peppermint as they can lead to lower esophageal pressure.

    Don’t smoke or drink.

    In some cases, the doctor might as well try to examine the abdominal parts locally.

  • mediciations

    Medications

    Antacids to be taken after meals and also before going to bed.

    Promotility agents.

    Histamine H2 receptor blockers.

    Proton pump inhibitors.

Any type of digestive disorder is complicated in nature and might not be treated completely. As the cause of these disorders is not known yet, it is often difficult to even predict the best possible medications for the complication. However, with the improvement in science and medication, some cases have been derived and essential treatment options have also been found. Some people often get relief by taking antacids and similar other medications for digestive disorders like gastroesophageal reflux, but in some cases, the treatment fails to work. Though it is easy to diagnose the disorders through tests and examinations, it is very difficult to find the root cause of the same. In such cases, doctors often prescribe generic medications for treatment.

Heartburn-Free Meals - Weekly Menus

Acid Reflux Diet - Week One
Dinner entrees include beef and mushroom stroganoff, buttermilk oven-fried chicken, tuna noodle casserole, baked pork chops with oregano Swedish meatballs, baked chicken and rice, grilled marinated flank steak.
Menu Chart - Week 1
Acid Reflux Diet - Week Two
Dinner entrees include chicken pot pie, beef and vegetable stir-fry, chicken and mushroom stroganoff, pasta and ham, vegetable beef stew, pork chops with applesauce, oven-fried chicken
Menu Chart - Week 2
Acid Reflux Diet - Week Three
Dinner entrees include beef strips and pasta, turkey cutlets with mushrooms, sesame chicken kabobs, beef loaf, chicken and vegetable stir-fry, no tomato sauce lasagna, broiled lamb chops with mushrooms.
Menu Chart - Week 3
Acid Reflux Diet - Week Week Four
Dinner entrees include beef and mushroom stroganoff, tuna noodle casserole, swedish meatballs, grilled marinated flank steak, beef and vegetable stir-fry, pasta and ham, pork chops with applesauce
Menu Chart - Week 4
Acid Reflux Diet - Week Five
Dinner entrees include buttermilk oven-fried chicken, baked pork chops with oregano, baked chicken and rice, beef strips and pasta, sesame chicken kabobs, chicken and vegetable stir-fry, broiled lamb chops with mushrooms.
Menu Chart - Week 5
Acid Reflux Diet - Week Six
Dinner entrees include chicken pot pie, chicken and mushroom stroganoff, vegetable beef stew, oven-fried chicken, turkey cutlets with mushrooms, beef loaf, no tomato sauce lasagna.
Menu Chart - Week 6

Food Poisoning Bacteria

bad bacteria

Food poisoning bacteria are microorganisms that cause symptoms of infection in the digestive tract such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and fever. Some of these bacteria that can cause or trigger food poisoning are Listeria, Salmonella, E.coli and Campylobacter.

This happens when an individual has consumed food that is contaminated by these bacteria. Usually, the symptoms may begin hours or days before eating food with bacteria. This is because these bacteria need ample time for them to propagate and multiply, so when they are already proliferating it will now attack the intestine causing someone to get sick.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD FOOD POISONING?

The experience is awful whether it is happening to you or someone you love.

My husband just had a bout of food poisoning while on vacation for an archery tournament. He had eaten at a buffet (yes, buffets and picnics are the easiest way to expose yourself), and 4 hours later started feeling the effects.

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Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson

I am a nutritionist and healthcare practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I am a medical article writer, blog writer. My passion is to help people. My favorite quote is:  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates

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