Chronic Stomach Information

Chronic stomach issues can be defined as a recurring or persistent feeling of swelling, pressure, or discomfort. The most frequent manifestation is a chronic stomach pain that lasts for a period of two weeks or more and a patient may experience different levels of severity during the persistence of the pain. Other symptoms that may be indicators of chronic stomach issues are nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, and cramping.

The causes of chronic stomach pain can be from many sources. Constipation is a common source and may cause discomfort many times throughout the day due to bowel contraction. In the case of constipation, the pain will be focused around the patient’s belly button and will have a duration of ten to thirty minutes of pain before stopping. Lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease are also potential causes of chronic stomach problems. These three conditions are incurable, but treatment options are available to combat the symptoms and complications that occur. Lactose intolerance is an inability to process certain dairy products and usually occurs after the ingestion of these products. Irritable Bowel syndrome is a gastric condition that frequently cause stomach pain and cramps. It usually becomes pronounced by certain foods or elevated levels of stress. Crohn’s disease is a possibly hereditary disease that causes inflammation of the intestines due to an increased level of present white blood cells. Other problems that could result in stomach pain include infection of the intestines, stomach ulcers, and appendicitis. If any persistent stomach pain is experienced, medical personnel should be alerted as it may be indicative of a more serious condition.

Effective treatment of chronic stomach problems depends on the underlying cause. In the case of constipation, regular water and fiber consumption can help to prevent the issue. In addition, a change in diet to include more fruits and vegetables can help promote regular bowel movements. With lactose intolerance, the best option is to limit the amount of dairy products that are consumed. Medications do exist that allow a patient to successfully digest dairy products. These medicines only treat the symptoms of the condition and are not a cure. In the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), potential remedies for symptoms include medication, diet changes, and relaxation techniques to reduce the stress experienced by a patient. Crohn’s disease can be treated by any number of lifestyle changes as well as surgery to remove the diseased section of the intestines.

While taking medications or exploring other possible treatments for the condition, a local physician should be consulted both before and after a treatment has been administered. A patient’s doctor will monitor the progress and help make decisions to alter dosage levels of medication for those suffering from chronic stomach issues.

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