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Symptoms Of Stomach Bowel Disorders

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.

Sleep Apnea: Causes and Symptoms

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which affects a limited number of people – just about 4 to 5 percent of total population of the world. However, this disease needs proper treatment due to its effects on a patient’s life.

Symptom of Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing for a short period of time which may go up to 90 seconds during normal sleep. This malfunctioning can occur a number of times in the night or while sleeping even during the day. Sleep apnea results in obstruction of flow or oxygen to brain. The  moment the oxygen supply is reduced, the brain restarts sending signals to breathe and the patient starts normal breathing.

Causes of this disease can be related both to muscular and brain problem. In case of brain related disorder due to a neurological problem, the brain may start to function slowly and result in temporary stoppage of flow of information from brain to body. The  brain forgets to send breathing signals to the body and the patient forgets to breathe for a short spell of time.

This is more predominant in case of kids and also in old people. This is due to lesser development of brain during childhood or degeneration due to old age. Further, neurological disorder can be caused due to drinking. In case of persons who go to sleep after drinking alcohol, the stimulation of brain cells and the activity of brain cells is reduced. As a result one may experience sleep apnea. This problem is also very common with people who consume sleeping pills or other sedatives to facilitate sleep.

The muscle related sleep apnea is found more in the case of persons with long neck or those having tonsillitis problem, or are bulky or those who have long tongue and snore during sleep. In the case of such persons throat opening gets obstructed due to swollen tonsillitis, or due to excess fat cells.

The sleep apnea can also happen during the day. In this condition the patient often becomes sleepy during driving as he is concentrating on driving the vehicle. This can become a cause of an accident.

Remedies can be found both in medicines and change of lifestyle. A person suffering from this disease should first put in maximum efforts to reduce weight. By reduction of weight, the excess fat deposits in respiratory system will be removed and air obstruction will reduce. Medical science has developed some gadgets which a person suffering from this problem can tie to the mouth while going to sleep. This gadget regulates flow of air and in case of obstruction the air flow is increased mechanically.

Though not proved some researchers link this to hereditary problem. Anyway this is a serious problem and may prove fatal if recourses time and again, and needs proper treatment at the earliest.