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What Can Cause Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers)?

What are the symptoms of a peptic ulcer? A dull or burning pain in your stomach is the most common symptom of a peptic ulcer. You may feel the pain anywhere between your belly button and breastbone. The pain most often: happens when your stomach is empty—such as between meals or during the night stops briefly if you eat or…

“Stomach Flu”? How Can I Take Care of Myself?

What is the “stomach flu”? People commonly call viral gastroenteritis “stomach flu,” but the term is not medically correct. Flu viruses do not cause viral gastroenteritis. Stomach flu is a viral infection that affects the stomach and small intestine. It is also called viral gastroenteritis. The illness is usually brief, lasting 1 to 3 days. Many different viruses can cause…

When Those Little Diverticula Become Infected

As people age, it’s common to develop small pouches in the colon wall, called diverticula. Many people spend their lives without ever noticing a problem, but when the diverticula become infected problems result. Diverticulitis is when those little diverticula become infected. What are the symptoms of diverticular disease? Symptoms of diverticular disease depend on whether diverticula—pouches in the wall of…

Five Lifestyle Tips for a Healthy Tummy

Digestive problems and stomach upsets can be prevented, relieved and even banished by simple lifestyle changes. Beat stress to ease tummy troubles! You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That’s because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. In some people, stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation, while in…

Long Term Gut Pain, Gas, and Bloating? What to do.

It can be tricky to diagnose a digestive disease because they share a lot of symptoms. Symptoms of many gut conditions include pain, gassiness, bloating, and diarrhea. To figure out what’s causing gut troubles, doctors may need to run a variety of tests. These can include blood tests and a stool test to look for infection. Some people may have…

Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and GERD: What’s the difference?

You feel something rising in your throat. It burns and tastes acidic. Now you feel it behind your breastbone. Is it heartburn? Is it GERD? Is it acid reflux? Are they all the same? We’ve compiled a simple overview to help you navigate this often tricky area of digestive conditions. Acid reflux: The cause Acid reflux is when the contents…

How to Choose a Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

Why should I get screened in the first place! Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. Studies show that screening with colonoscopy and removing pre-cancerous polyps before they cause a problem down the road has been shown to effectively reduce rates of colorectal cancer. Who should be screened for…

The Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is the FODMAP Diet? FODMAP stands for Fermentable, oligo-di- and mono-saccharides and polyols. FODMAPS are short chain carbohydrates (sugars) that are highly fermentable and poorly absorbed during digestion and can lead to irritable bowel syndrome or other conditions. What do FODMAPS do? When FODMAP items reach the colon, bacteria can ferment the sugars in them, causing gas. This stretches…