Topic: Stomach Disorders
Brochure, Fact Sheet: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of the Esophagus and Stomach510
This article reviews disorders caused by abnormal motility in the gastrointestinal tract (including GERD, dysphagia, functional chest pain, gastroparesis, and dyspepsia) and their characteristic symptoms, such as food sticking, pain, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Esophageal Disorders, Gastroparesis, Motility, Stomach Disorders
Brochure: Gastroparesis (Delayed Gastric Emptying)556
This publication addresses frequently asked questions and provides an overview intended to help patients and family members understand gastroparesis; what it is, and how it is treated and managed.Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Gastroparesis, Motility, Nausea, vomiting, Stomach Disorders
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: 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
Fact Sheet: How to Prepare for Tests219In many cases, doctors can make a diagnosis of a functional gastrointestinal disorder after a careful history and examination. Often, however, there is a structural disease that must be excluded by tests that probe the gastrointestinal tract. This fact sheet reviews preparation for common tests, including sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Motility, Pelvic floor disorders, Stomach Disorders, Tests, lower GI tract, Tests, upper GI tract
The most important interaction between patient and doctor is the medical history. Through listening to the story of the patient’s illness and asking relevant questions, a physician may often make a diagnosis, or at least begin to understand the nature and location of the complaint. A few easy steps can help make this process more efficient leading to prompt, more precise diagnosis and treatment. Revised January 2012.Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Diarrhea, loose stools, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Motility, Stomach Disorders, Working with your healthcare provider
Fact Sheet: Peptic Ulcer: A Twentieth Century Disease509
Diagnosis and treatment of peptic ulcers and H. pylori infection. Reviewed and updated 2009.
Fact Sheet: NSAIDs: Good for the Joints, Bad for the Gut?519
NSAIDs is an acronym for "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs." The steroids referred to here are not those employed by wayward Olympians, but rather those of the adrenalcortical steroid family such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, and betamethasone. Because they suppress inflammation they are employed in many chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, these drugs have important metabolic effects that limit their use. Side effects may include gastric and duodenal ulcers and sometimes intestinal bleeding. A discussion of NSAIDs and their use. Reviewed and updated 2009.
Fact Sheet: Gastroparesis534
Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach empties very slowly. The delay in stomach emptying can result in bothersome symptoms that interfere with a patient’s life. This article reviews symptoms, tests, and treatments for gastroparesis.Topics: Dyspepsia, pain in upper abdomen or chest, Gastroparesis, Motility, Nausea, vomiting, Stomach Disorders
The treatment of patients with gastroparesis generally relies on dietary modifications, medications that enhance gastric emptying, and medications that reduce nausea and vominting. This article offers tips for overcoming nausea, vomiting, and stomach fullness using dietary measures.
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