What are bowel problems?

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There are a wide variety of possible problems that you can have with the digestive system. They may include a number of organs so sorting out what the symptoms are telling you can sometimes be difficult.

They can vary from a basic sluggishness, weakness or inability to digest and / or assimilate our food. They may include symptoms like bloating, flatulence, frequent burping, discomfort after eating, pain in the abdominal area. They may include difficulties or changes in your toilet habits and be due to intestinal parasites. Conditional like Ulcers and gastritis require more details to diagnose and need more serious attention and ultimately the problems may come from stomach or bowel cancer.

This is a huge range of conditions that are all conditions of the digestive tract and mostly of the bowel. What we have here is to give an overview of the various conditions that may be causing your particular symptoms and you can click into the specific conditions to check them in more detail.

Once you understand your condition then you can set about dealing with it. Some respond to diet change, some need medical intervention to bring under control, many will respond extremely well the non medical supplements like Aloe Vera Juice and taking acidophilus supplements.

Check though here and we hope it will put you on the path to full heath again

Types of bowel problems

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer (also known as Colorectal cancer) is a collective term to describe the development of cancer cells within various areas of the bowel (appendix, intestine, colon or rectum). If not treated it can spread from the affected area to other parts of the body.

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Celiac Disease

Celiacs disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in products we use every day, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and vitamins.

In Celiac Disease gluten from diet causes an immune reaction in the small intestine that actually attacks the lining of the intestine causing tissue damage, bloating, flatulence, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. The condition results in damage to the villi on the surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients from food.

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Colitis, like Crohn's disease, is an inflammation of the digestive tract, specifically the lining of the large bowel. Both the rectum and colon can be affected. When the rectum is affected in isolation, the condition is called ulcerative proctitis. When the colon is affected the condition is called pan-colitis.

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Constipation (having trouble defaecating) simply means less frequent bowel actions. Your motion or faeces (pronounced fee-sees) becomes hard and dry, and you can only pass small pieces with much trouble. You may also have stomach pains, swelling, pain when straining and a feeling of having not quite emptied the bowel.

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Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a condition where any part of the digestive tract (from the mouth to the anus) becomes inflamed. Crohn's disease is believed to be an auto-immune disease, in which the immune system attacks the lining of the affected area. The most common areas of the digestive tract affected by Crohn's disease are the lower parts of the small bowel and the large bowel.

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Diarrhoea is a condition in which a person has frequent watery, loose bowel movements. This condition can occur as a symptom, disease, allergy, food intolerance or foodborne illness and may be accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Diarrhoea is most commonly caused by viral infections or bacterial toxins. There are other conditions which involve some but not all of the symptoms of diarrhoea, so you should check with your doctor if it persists.

A healthy person will normally recover in a few days, but for many people, and especially infants and children, it can lead to severe dehydration and can become life-threatening without treatment.

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Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

Diverticulosis is a term to describe the formation of pockets (diverticuli) in the wall of the large intestine. The formation of these pockets is due to an increase in pressure brought upon by a person straining whilst moving their bowel. The result of the diverticuli can lead to a build up of mucus which leads to infection, known as diverticulitis.

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Gallstones are solid deposits of cholesterol or calcium salts that form in your gallbladder or nearby bile ducts. They often cause no symptoms and require no treatment. But some people with gallstones have a gallbladder attack that can cause symptoms, such as nausea and an intense, steady ache in their upper middle or upper right abdomen. In some cases, the pain can be severe and intermittent.

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Heartburn (Acid Reflux)

The disease causes damage to the esophagus as the acidic contents from the stomach, containing acids and pepsin, pushes back to the esophagus since the sphincter becomes weak and can no-more prevent the contents from stomach from gushing back in esophagus.

The acidic contents burn the esophagus and causes irritation in the esophagus.

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Haemorrhoids are the inflammation and protrusion of the veins around the rectal canal. Haemorrhoids are cause by the weakening of the connective tissue within the rectal area. This causes the veins to swell and may eventually lead to prolapse.

Symptoms of haemorrhoids include bleeding from the anal area, discomfort and pain and itching around the area.

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Infant bowel problems

Disorder of the stomach and bowels is one of the most fruitful sources of the diseases of infancy and infant bowel problems. Only prevent their derangement, and, all things being equal, the infant will be healthy and flourish, and need not the aid of physic or physicians.

There are many causes of infant bowel problems which may give rise to these affections; many of them appertain to the mother's system, some to that of the infant. All are capable, to a great extent, of being prevented or remedied. It is, therefore, most important that a mother should not be ignorant or misinformed upon this subject.

It is the prevention of these affections, however, that will be principally dwelt upon here; for let the mother ever bear in mind, and act upon the principle, that the prevention of infant bowel problems and disease belongs to her alone; the cure to the physician. For the sake of clearness and reference, these disorders will be spoken of as they occur:

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition where a person experiences extreme bowel habits (either constipation, diarrhoea or both). Note that IBS is not related to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) which is a separate and more serious disease.

In addition to constipation and diarrhoea, other symptoms for suffers of IBS include abdominal pain and bloating.

People who have contracted other illnesses (such as a fever, vomiting and acute diarrhoea) may be susceptible to contracting IBS. Diet and stress may also trigger IBS in some patients.

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Rectal prolapse

Your rectum is the last 12-15 centimetres of your large bowel. Located just above your anal canal (back passage), your rectum is held in place by muscles and ligaments. Things like age, long-term constipation or childbirth can cause weakening of these ligaments and muscles.

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Rectocele is a condition where a female's rectum (or rectal septum) protrudes into the back wall of the vagina. This produces an abnormal bulge within the vagina. In extreme cases the bulge can fall through the mouth of the vagina or cause faecal incontinence.

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Ulcers - stomach (Peptic Ulcers)

Literally speaking, an ulcer is an open sore, often infected. Frequently this sore is in the stomach or the duodenum, (the first part of the intestine leading from the stomach) the part of the intestines which connects with the stomach.

Peptic ulcers, which are in the stomach and the duodenum can occur at any age and affect both men and women. Untreated, sufferers can look forward to a long siege with them.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an encroachment by the bacteria of the urinary tract which includes kidney, ureters, bladder or urethra.

This bacterium enters the opening of the urethra and procreates in the urinary tract causing urinary tract infection.

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Worms is a collective term for a range of parasites that affect the digestive tract and that may lead to bowel problems. Contamination is caused as a result of eating worm eggs. The eggs travel through the digestive system to the intestines where they hatch into worms.

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