Suffering from chronic gastrointestinal diseases or disorders interferes with your body’s normal functioning. Your digestive system is critical when it comes to digesting food and absorbing nutrients and minerals from food. If your digestive system is compromised, it can’t function properly, putting you at risk for malnutrition among other things. If something is wrong with any part of your digestive processes you may experience things like abdominal pain, weight loss, bloating and changes in your bowel habits such as chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation. None of those signs or symptoms should be ignored. They could be indications of a condition that requires medical attention and should be discussed with your doctor.
Chronic gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and gas are indications of any one of a number of gastrointestinal diseases. Your doctor may perform testing to determine the cause of your discomfort. Some of the testing may be in the form of a process of elimination. By reducing or removing certain food products from your diet and then gauging the reaction (or lack of a response), your doctor can establish whether or not you have a food allergy or intolerance. Using an elimination diet for purposes of diagnosis can be difficult, as it requires vigilance and willpower on your behalf. But determining the cause of your symptoms and finding a solution to your condition will be worthwhile in the end.
Gastrointestinal diseases can be the result of functional disorders, cases in which your body doesn’t function, as it should. Functional digestive disorders can be difficult to diagnose and may require many visits to the doctor. In some cases, there are not good tests available.An example of a functional digestive disorders would be irritable bowel syndrome. Patients could also experience food intolerances due to the body’s inability to produce the enzymes necessary for proper digestion. An example of a disorder where the body does not produce enzymes needed for proper digestion is Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency or CSID. Testing is available for CSID if a doctor suspects that it is a possibility for a patient’s chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. These are only a couple of examples out of many possibilities. If you suffer from symptoms like chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating it is always best to take stock of the diet you’ve been eating and the events you’ve been experiencing in order to help your doctor diagnose what is troubling you.