A bowel obstruction occurs when a section of the small or large intestine becomes partially or completely blocked. This can be a dangerous condition, potentially increasing the risk of a severe infection or a perforation (hole) in the intestine.
Laxative abuse happens when someone tries to lose weight, shed calories, or feel “empty” through the repeated use of laxatives. Laxatives are medications that are used to treat constipation.
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.