Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are prevalent in adults, adolescents, and children. They are also known as disorders of gut-brain interaction. FGIDs cause sensitivity and a host of symptoms in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but ones that are the result of atypical functionality, not a disease or infection.
Abdominal distension is a sense of increased abdominal pressure that involves an actual measurable change in the circumference of a person's abdomen.
Your digestive system is like a conveyer belt that carries food from your mouth all the way through your body until the waste is excreted. There are many different spots along the way where your system can become inflamed, injured, or blocked. Upper GI issues often cause heartburn and pain or discomfort in the stomach or chest. Problems with the lower GI tract can cause cramping, constipation, or diarrhea.
Colitis is inflammation of the tissue that lines the colon. Colitis is not a condition in itself but rather a sign that another disease process is at work in the body. There are several different types of colitis, including ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis, pseudomembranous colitis, ischemic colitis, and colitis caused by an allergic reaction.
Clinically active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with adverse COVID-19 outcomes, especially in younger and middle-aged adults, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis.