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Causes Of Gastrointestinal Problems
Many things: There are many causes of intestinal bleeding. Ulcers of the stomach or duodenum, bad gastritis, small intestinal disorders such as vascular malformation, crohn's disease, small bowel tumors, colon cancer, colon infections, ulcerative colitis, vascular lesions of the colon are some of the more common that i can think of. Also ulcers from medications, liver cirrhosis with enlarged esophageal veins. ...Read more
MANY: There are many causes for a gastrointestinal bleed. To name a few: ulcers, varices, cancer, medications, arterial venous malformations, polyps and hemorrhoids. The best thing is to see a gastroenterologist who can perform and upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy to find the cause and provide the best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acid or spasticity: In the upper tract, hyperacid states or gastroesophageal refulx where acid goes back up into the esophagus, may cause pain. Blockage of a duct, like the gall bladder or the pancreas, from a stone or tumor can cause severe pain. In the rest of the small intestine (jejunum, ileum) or large intestine (colon), spasm of the intestinal wall muscle will cause pain. ...Read more
Not enough fiber!: Diverticulosis is an incredibly common condition of the colon that occurs over many years. The colon moves waste through by "sensing" that it is there so bulky stool makes the colon more efficient. When our waste is not bulky due to inadequate fiber and fluid intake the colon has to work harder creating more pressure inside the colon like a balloon and the pockets (tics) pop out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you mean : Diverticulosis coli, no one knows for sure. But the prevailing theory is hypertonicity of muscles of the colon. This pressure squeezes down on the mucosa so hard that it pouches out at weak spots where blood vessels penetrate the wall of the colon. Diet that is low in fiber causes low volume stool, which in turn causes the muscles to squeeze harder than it should. Other organs are different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure...: ..If i understand your question. Gallbladder disease itself is not associated with bowel changes or diarrhea. If you mean diarrhea after gallbladder surgery, then that is due to excess bile reaching the large intestine or colon causing the diarrhea. That usually resolves with time as the small bowel learns to absorb the bile better, or with medication like actigall (ursodiol) to absorb the excess bile. ...Read more
Many things: Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism. The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta. ...Read more
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! stop the caffeine! ...Read more
Irregular diet: Most people can avoid constipation if they ate a regular diet containing fruits and vegetables ( esp those with a lot of fiber) . Regular exercise or other activities can also help. Plenty of water keeps the stool moist and soft when it come out. Once all of these factors are met ,then you need to train your body to go and evacuate as soon as you get the feeling that you have to go. ...Read more
GERD: Some reflux is normal, but when it causes damage to the esophagus, lungs, or vocal cords, or significantly impacts daily life, it is a disease. Many factors contribute to cause including diet, obesity, hiatal hernia, and too many random openings only the valve entering the stomach called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (tlesr's). Diagnosis & treatment are patient specific. ...Read more
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