Brochure, Fact Sheet: GERD Questions and Answers501
This publication provides an in-depth overview of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) including information about the nature of GERD, how to recognize the disease, and how to treat it. Written in collaboration by IFFGD and physicians noted for their knowledge about GERD. Newly revised and updated 2010.
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Functional gastrointestinal (G) disorders significantly impact health related quality of life. This impact is obvious to anyone who has a disorder, or to any provider who cares for people with these disorders. In light of this finding, several medical organizations suggest that healthcare providers carefully monitor the health related quality of life of their patients in order to help guide treatment decisions. However, some studies indicate that many (but by no means all) providers do a poor job of addressing their patients' concerns, and accurately assessing the impact of functional GI disorder symptoms on their overall health status. Patients, in turn, become dissatisfied with their care. This article aims to help both provider and patient understand health related quality of life and improve patient care.Topics: Bowel urgency, Colonic motility, inertia, pseudo-obstruction, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Gas, Bloating, Belching, Gastroparesis, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic floor disorders, Stomach Disorders, Working with your healthcare provider
Fact Sheet: Nocebo Effects: They can Impair Health Care215
The placebo effect can enhance therapy, and promote a successful relationship between healer and patient. However, a treatment administered by a healer may also have a bad effect. Any treatment may have a predictable risk, but a nocebo effect denotes worsening beyond the known risk – the adverse effect of a failed therapeutic relationship. This can result in sub-optimal health care. An examination of its causes and ways to avoid it are discussed.Topics: Bowel urgency, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pain Management, Working with your healthcare provider
Fact Sheet: Getting the Most Out of Your Medications216
All medications, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), have benefits as well as risks associated with their use. The risks may include side effects, allergic reactions, and interactions with foods, drinks, or other drugs. You can increase the potential benefits and reduce potential risks by taking medications properly. It is estimated that up to half of all people who use medications do not use them as prescribed.Topics: Bowel urgency, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, GER, GERD, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Stomach Disorders
The anatomical diseases Crohn’s, peptic ulcer, and esophagitis have functional counterparts with some similar symptoms; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dyspepsia, and functional heartburn, but these cannot be identified by x-ray or gastroscopy. Thus, for the diagnosis of these functional disorders doctors must rely entirely upon the patient’s description of his or her symptoms.Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Esophageal Disorders, GER, GERD, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Other Disorders/Symptoms, Pain Management
Fact Sheet: Can Intense Exercise Lead to GI Symptoms?231
By: Thomas Puetz, MD
Can exercise be linked to GI symptoms such as diarrhea or heartburn? This article will help you understand how exercise and associated factors can influence the GI tract.
Fact Sheet: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease502
Just about everyone has experienced heartburn, that uncomfortable, burning feeling in the chest after eating a large, spicy, or high fat meal. In fact, about 40 percent of Americans have heartburn once a month and 15–20 percent at least once a week. An occasional bout of heartburn is nothing to worry about; however, if it happens more than twice a week, a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, may be the problem.
Fact Sheet: Upper GI Endoscopy: What to Expect503
Describes what to expect when undergoing an upper GI endoscopic exam that may look at the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Reviewed and updated 2009.Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Esophageal Disorders, GER, GERD, Heartburn, Other Disorders/Symptoms, Tests, upper GI tract
Fact Sheet: Heartburn: Nothing to do with the Heart504
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest behind the breastbone. This article discusses simple heartburn and what you can do about it. Reviewed and updated 2009.Topics: Heartburn
Answers to these questions: What are the differences between the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)? What are the common medications that may affect the tone of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)? Revised and updated 2012.
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