Common Gastrointestinal Disorders and Their Symptoms
Gastrointestinal disorders are commonly diagnosed with medical conditions, and they can include a host of different diagnoses. Gastrointestinal disorders can range from acute to potentially life-threatening, depending on the diagnosis. People, including those in Murrieta and Temecula, are often reluctant to speak with their doctor about the symptoms they are experiencing, such as weight gain, weight loss, heartburn, and constipation. However, the longer you suffer in silence, the greater the risk is of the disorder worsening. Here are a few of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and their symptoms.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the small intestine to be hypersensitive to gluten. When gluten is ingested by a person with celiac disease, it causes the immune system to attack the small intestine. This causes damage to the villi, which are responsible for the absorption of nutrients. The disease can begin at any age. Symptoms of celiac disease may include:
- Weight loss
Crohn’s disease is a bowel condition that causes inflammation in the GI tract. There is no known cause for Crohn’s disease. However, it is thought to be genetic and may be aggravated by stress. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Abdominal pain
- Persistent diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Blood or mucus in feces
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is often referred to as acid reflux or heartburn. GERD occurs when muscle fibers that are around the entrance to your stomach (lower esophageal sphincter) weakens. The lower esophageal sphincter is supposed to remain closed to prevent food from backing up into your esophagus. With GERD, the esophagus remains slightly open, which allows partially digested food and stomach acid to back up into your esophagus. Symptoms of GERD may include:
- Chest pain
Why Seek Help for Gastrointestinal Disorders?
Gastrointestinal disorders can be caused by a wide range of factors, and the symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the problem. If you have any symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, blood in your stool or vomit, incontinence, weight gain, or any of the symptoms above, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any symptoms that last more than a couple of weeks or interfere with your daily activities, including sleep, should not be ignored because they may be the sign of a serious problem. Our comprehensive gastrointestinal panel can help narrow down the diagnosis.
Contact Hoyt Integrative Health for Assistance
If you are experiencing any discomfort or symptoms that may be due to a gastrointestinal disorder, contact Hoyt Integrative Health in Temecula or Murrieta at 951-973-0773 to schedule an examination.