How to deal with nausea

Nausea is something that makes you ill even if you are absolutely healthy. Nausea is a very common symptom during pregnancy and it experienced usually during the morning. It may be accompanied by a tendency to vomit, along with dizziness. Nausea also comes along with periods, wherein you feel drowsy and tired. Apart from these, nausea could also be a side effect of medicines and a symptom of hormonal imbalance. Coping with nausea is all about making a conscious effort to comfort yourself in every possible way. We give you…

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Indigestion: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

Indigestion is felt the minute one feels it. You either feel too full, uncomfortable in your stomach, especially after having a meal. It causes pain in your stomach along with a burning sensation. Indigestion is medically called as dyspepsia. Indigestion is unusually a symptoms and not a condition in itself. Chronic indigestion usually indicates gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallbladder disease or ulcers in the stomach. Thus, if indigestion becomes an everyday complain and does not get better with use of antacids, you should consult your doctor for further advice. Symptoms…

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Stomach pain: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

Stomach pain is something we all have experienced. Your stomach can hurt after eating or it could cramp suddenly for an unknown reason. The intensity of the pain could range from mild to severe; it might last for a few minutes or become chronic. Let’s know more about stomach pain in the next segment. Symptoms associated with stomach pain The pain could radiate from anywhere below your chest and above your groin. You can experience the pain either in left or right side of your stomach, lower or upper half…

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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : Preparation, procedure and complications

Endoscopy is a medical procedure used to observe organs and ailments within the body. This procedure is performed without the need of any major surgery. It is commonly used to examine the digestive tract, called as gastrointestinal endoscopy. This procedure has many advantages and thus performed with success for many procedures. What is Gastrointestinal Endoscopy? A long flexible tube is used to examine the digestive tract with the help of a camera attached to one end of the tube. This procedure is called as gastrointestinal endoscopy. The camera helps take…

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Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

The Colon is a part of the digestive system. It is commonly called as the large intestine. Colon plays an important role in the gastro intestinal system. Absorption of the nutrients from undigested food as well as passing the waste from the body into the rectum in the form of stools is carried out by the colon. The colon ends in the rectum, that is connected to the anus. Thus, helping in excretion. It is prone to digestive ailments such as ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition. What is Ulcerative Colitis?…

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Gastritis: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

When the mucosa or the stomach lining gets inflamed, irritated or is eroded, it leads to a condition called as gastritis. This condition is a result of many factors that affect the stomach lining. It can either be acute, that is, appear suddenly or chronic, that is, develop over time. What are the Symptoms of Gastritis? Gastritis as mentioned before, can either be acute or chronic. However, not all patients with gastritis develop symptoms. Those who do, actually mistake the discomfort as upper stomach pain. Some of the common signs…

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Abdominal pain: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

Overview of abdominal pain Abdominal pain is a discomfort or pain felt anywhere in the abdomen between the chest and pelvis. The abdominal pain is commonly categorized as acute or chronic based on the duration or occurrence of the pain. Short occurring pain is termed as acute while pain that has been persisting for a long duration of time is referred to as chronic pain.1 Abdominal pain may arise due to a wide variety of causes. In most of the instances the abdominal pain may not be a serious issue…

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Irritable bowel syndrome: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment

Overview of irritable bowel syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a GI disorder characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort associated with altered bowel habits that are not explained by any mechanical, biochemical or inflammatory cause. Highly prevalent in the western population, studies had revealed that IBS affects approximately 10–15% of the general population and has a large impact on quality of life and healthcare costs.1 A motility disorder of the GI tract, IBS is essentially functional in nature with definite psychosomatic basis. The etiology and pathophysiology of IBS is considered…

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Causes of Constipation

Causes of Constipation The waste products of digestion get propelled through the intestine by contraction of the muscles. It then reaches the colon or the large intestine, reabsorbs lots of water and then gets eliminated smoothly from the body. Constipation occurs when the stool becomes hard due to many reasons and it moves too slowly from the colon causing bloating of the tummy, painful bowel clearance and bleeding from rectum. We explain you the various causes of constipation over here. Not consuming enough dietary fibre Fibre plays a vital role…

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Appendicitis : Symptoms, Diagnosis, Complications and Management

Overview of appendicitis Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency with a lifetime occurrence of 7%. The peak incidence seen between the ages of 10 and 30 years.1 The diagnosis of appendicitis is based primarily on the patient’s history and the physical examination. The most important physical examination finding is right lower quadrant tenderness on palpation. Imaging techniques such as ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) improve diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes but their use should be selective in those with atypical presentation. Accurate and timely diagnosis of acute appendicitis is…

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