Digestive symptoms are some of the hardest to pin down, diagnose and treat. Your discomfort, which could be severe, might be from abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, fullness, a sense of heaviness, nausea and flatulence – or a combination of all of these symptoms. Many can return frequently and are often never quite resolved.
Painful, frustrating and extremely uncomfortable, its hard to know where the cycle of digestive disarray begins and ends, or what exactly causes it.
Many find that their symptoms tend to wax and wane. Symptoms often overlap and are related, so you might be suffering from a range of different symptoms at the same time. In the end analysis, digestion-related issues negatively impact one’s quality of life and sense of well-being. If they’re persistent and protracted, functional bowel disorders like Functional Dyspepsia (FD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) might be at the root of the matter.
What is IBS:
IBS is a collection of symptoms that affect the large intestine, causing extreme abdominal discomfort and pain. It’s a chronic condition that must be managed with long-term treatment. Most people with IBS can control their symptoms by modifying their diets and changing their lifestyle habits. Some people, however, may experience severe symptoms and need medication and counselling.
Common IBS symptoms include:
abdominal pain or cramps
mucous in the stool
What is FD:
Functional dyspepsia (FD) occurs when your upper digestive tract shows symptoms of upset, pain, or early or prolonged fullness for a month or longer.
This condition is described as “functional” because there is nothing structurally wrong with the upper digestive area, but bothersome symptoms persist.
The symptoms of FD can vary from person to person, but you may experience:
burning or pain in your upper digestive tract
feeling full after eating a meal
sour taste in the mouth
psychological distress related to the condition
Please consult your doctor if you feel you might be suffering from either of the above.