Posts Tagged ‘stomach pain’

Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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What is Gastritis?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

50% of the world population suffers from Gastritis. As an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the mucous coat of the stomach wall develops, Gastritis can lead to the disruption of digestion, decrease of working capacity, and a marked feeling of fatigue. It is as common as the cold or flu, and one of the most widely-spread diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

There are numerous causes and factors that can trigger a case of gastritis, but worldwide, the most common is infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria: a microaerophilic bacteria that can deteriorate various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum. Alcohol consumption, aspirin, cigarette smoke and emotional or physical distress are among the causes of this disease.

What are the main symptoms?
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Glutens Could Be Contributing to Celiac Disease Rise

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.

A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.

It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.

Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!

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Bleeding Ulcers – Nothing to Scoff At

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Stress at work, stress at home, poor diet, and hard living (you know what we mean) can ll lead to a more-than-subtle belly ache. What you may be experiencing is something far more serious than food simply “disagreeing with you” or gas – it would be an ulcer, specifically one that bleeds.

Ulcers are quite common in the general population. Many people who have ulcers are not aware of it as ulcers may often cause little or no symptoms. Ulcers can occur is any part of the gastrointestinal tract, however most are found in the stomach or duodenum, (the first section of the small intestine, closest to the stomach). By definition, an ulcer is a focal area of tissue destruction causing a crater in the mucosa (gut lining) compared to the surrounding tissue. Such erosions expose the deeper lying blood vessels in the intestinal wall to various acids and enzymes that normally control digestion in the intestinal tract, and thus can result in damage to these blood vessels causing the ulcer to bleed. These are no joke. Once bleeding has been identified actions need to be taken to eliminate your ulcers.
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