What are Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases?

Disorders of the gut-brain axis are known as functional gastrointestinal syndromes. Variations in locomotion, intestinal over-sensitivity, the function of the mucosa and the body’s natural defenses, the flora of the intestines, and the brain and spinal cord’s processing are some examples of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that can result from these disorders. The Gastroenterologist at Doral Health and Wellness can help you identify these diseases and evaluate your condition to provide the best treatment option for you.

What are examples of these Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases? 

 Digestive System Dysfunctions 

  • The term “functional dyspepsia” refers to a group of digestive disorders that include symptoms like nausea, bloating, and belching after eating. 
  • Abnormally “high” rates of flatulence 
  • Nausea that won’t go away for no apparent reason 
  • Adult ruminating disorder 
  • Aerophagia 
  • The cyclic vomiting condition, also known as functional vomiting 

Disturbances in Esophageal Function 

  • Heartburn  
  • Functional Chest Discomfort 
  • Dysphagia that is functional 

Intestinal Dysfunctions That Affect Daily Life 

  • Chronic abdominal discomfort or IBS  
  • Disorders of the bowel function 
  • Abnormal bowel function 
  • Functional bowel disorder of unknown cause 

Disorders of the digestive system that are centrally mediated pain 

  • Abdominal discomfort that originates in the brain 
  • Hyperalgesia of the gastrointestinal tract caused by opioids (narcotic bowel syndrome) 

What are the common functional GID manifestations? 

The severity of physical symptoms varied widely from patient to patient. Possible examples are the following: 

  • Bloating 
  • Stomach Ache 
  • Flatulence 
  • Nausea 
  • Problems swallowing 
  • Burping  
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Indigestion 
  • Vomiting 
  • Malabsorption 

Psychiatric disorders and FGIDs are strongly linked, but their causes remain unclear. You may have experienced a worsening of your FGID symptoms as a result of mental health issues including nervousness, tension, or feelings of hopelessness. 

 What Causes these Disorders? 

Altering one’s lifestyle to minimize stress and tobacco use can help lower the risk of developing FGIDs, two external factors that have been associated with the disease. Moreover, there could be extraneous variables that are out of your hands. 

  • The medical history of the family  
  • Sensitive stomach 
  • Abnormalities in the central nervous system, immunological system, or gastrointestinal system,  
  • Tension and melancholy 

How do you know if you have these disorders? 

 Even though FGDs can be diagnosed solely on symptoms alone according to Rome criteria, your doctor may order additional diagnostic procedures to exclude other conditions or locate the structural causes of your symptoms. Even if your doctor does a thorough physical examination and orders diagnostic tests including blood-related tests, urinalysis, and fecal samples, as well as X-rays and CT scans, the results may still be inconclusive.  

How do you treat these disorders? 

Even while there may be no physical causes for indications of FGDs (such as sickness or structural issues), this does not make them any less genuine or less curable. It is crucial to collaborate with your healthcare physician on a treatment plan if you have been given a diagnosis or are at risk for FGD. Some potential methods of treatment are: 

  • Modifying One’s Diet 
  • Medication 
  • Therapy that uses movement to treat illness 
  • Biofeedback 
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Conquering Stress 

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