Category Archives for The Digestive System

What Causes Low Creatinine Levels?

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to muscle. It is a break-down product of creatine phosphate in muscle, and is usually produced at a fairly constant rate by the body (depending on muscle mass). On a daily basis approximately 2% of the creatine found in the body is converted to creatinine. Creatinine is transported through the bloodstream to the kidneys. The kidneys filter out most of the creatinine and dispose of it in the urine. Creatinine...

Ulcer Symptoms

This ailment is generally divided into three kinds: gastric, duodenal and peptic. However, they usually exhibit the same symptoms. Ulcer Pain Signs The first major indicator is indigestion. The severity of the pain varies, but sometimes the sensation is accompanied by heartburn. There is a sense of feeling very hungry. Sometimes the opposite is felt; the stomach feels very full that eating is almost impossible. Some patients feel nauseous and may vomit. Some people feel the pain early, as in a few...

Treatment for Diarrhea

Having diarrhea can be quite a debilitating experience. It is characterized by the increase in the number and frequency of one’s bowel movements. There is a looseness of a patient’s stool. It is also characterized by an increase or rather an excess of water in a patient’s stool. The looseness of one’s stool is independent from the frequency of bowel movements. The treatment for diarrhea requires some safe practices and medication. Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Diarrhea There are a number...

Heartburn Symptoms

Also called pyrosis, heartburn is a medical condition characterized by a burning sensation and sharp pain somewhere in the esophagus. The chest area is usually affected, radiating into nearby locations like the jaw, throat and neck. Based on records, this condition is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. When suffering from this condition, patients can feel the signs of asthma and chronic cough. Check out these major and minor heartburn symptoms, diagnostic methods and treatments for a...

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine and may manifest in genetically predisposed individuals of any age. The disease inhibits the proper absorption of nutrients from food. Persons with the disease are unable to digest gluten, rye, barley and protein in weight. Gluten is a fairly common ingredient found in foods but may also be found in vitamins, lip balms and medicines among other things. Read more

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Located in the anal canal, hemorrhoids are vascular structures that aid in controlling stool. To put it simply, hemorrhoids consist of connective tissues and arterio-venous channels and they function like cushions to aid the smooth passage of stools. When these cushion-like structures get inflammed or swollen, it can lead to comlications such as painless rectal bleeding or is some cases, pain in the area surrounding the anus. Types of Hemorroids and Their Symptoms Before we discuss the treatment...

What Causes Hiccups?

Hiccup, also known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF) is the “spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm that repeats several times per minute”. It is the abrupt rush of air into the lungs which causes the epiglottis to close, creating the “hic” sound. Hiccups are irritable and reflexive; as the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between the vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air, causing the hiccup sound. Irritation of the nerves, extending from the neck to the...

Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Although some disappear after a few days, others linger on and cause intense pain. However there are remedies once the symptoms have been diagnosed. Hemorrhoids Signs There are two types: the external which is on the anal opening, and the internal which is inside. It’s possible that one has both or only one at a time. The most conspicuous symptom is blood on the feces. Red spots may also be seen on the toilet bowl. The internal types rarely cause pain. However they may protrude. When this happens,...