Lifestyles in contemporary times have become unregulated and erratic. Food habits have changed. People have foods with high sugar content and a lot of junk food laden with high fat content. As a result, our body balance gets disturbed and we start to suffer a number of disorders an other chronic and horrible diseases.
One of the most common disorder of the bowel is constipation. This is a very common disorder which each one of us have faced at one time of the other. This is caused due to consumption of low fiber diet. Prolonged constipation gives rise to many other disorders of the bowel. However, one must remember not to have an overdose of laxatives when affected by constipation. Instead, one must make lifestyle changes and have high fiber containing foodstuffs.
A number of other disorders affects adults and children. These disorders affect both large and small intestines. Some of the most common bowel disorders are :
IBS or the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: This is fast becoming a very common bowel disorder. About forty percent population is affected by this disorder. This disorder causes chronic abdominal pain, swelling and bloating, discomfort in the stomach and alteration in the bowel habits coupled with constipation or diarrhea.
Ulcer: Ulcers can be described as crater-like or open sores. Depending on their type, they may cause mild to severe pain. Ulcers are characterized by a burning feeling or a gnawing pain. The pain may be limited to the upper abdominal area. A special feature of ulcers is that pain may either be relieved or worsened after eating. Ulcers also cause nausea, loss of appetite, weakness, tiredness, weight loss, vomiting, or even blood in the stool. One must immediately contact a doctor for any blood in stool.
Crohn’s Disease: This disease is a type of a bowel disease which causes swelling. This disease can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract. Some common symptoms of this disease include pain in the abdominal region, weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Colitis: This is another common disorder of the bowel which causes swelling in the large intestines which are also called the colon. Some characteristic symptoms of this disease are a continuous need to have a bowel movement, abdominal pain which hit the body in the form of waves, diarrhea, chills, fever, blood in stool, and few other signs denoting an infection.
Gastroenteritis: This is a very commonly occurring bowel problem. In this disorder, the intestines swell up. Sometimes, the stomach wall may also face an inflammation caused due to a viral infection. Some symptoms of this disorder includes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, etc.
Colon Cancer: Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer now a days. This form of cancer share a lot of symptoms with other kinds of bowel disorders. Therefore, a good diagnosis is required. Some symptoms of colon cancer are tenesmus, alteration in bowel habits, decrease in stool’s width, bright red blood, enlarged mucus in stools, black and tarry stool, etc.