Category Archives for The Digestive System

Gallbladder Disease

The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver. It stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fat, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food (especially fats). Read more

Constipation Treatments

Constipation can be defined as decrease in the frequency of passing stool and can also involve difficulty in the passage of the same from the body. You usually do not need to visit a doctor if you are suffering from constipation. That may also be the case even if you suffer from it occasionally. However, you might have to consider getting medical help if the problem is persistent. In order to alleviate the problem, you could try simple treatment methods at home. If the problem still persists, you...

Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia

The condition is marked by protrusion of the stomach into the chest area. This is frequent among males over 50. Children afflicted with this ailment are usually born with it. Hiatal Hernia Signs One of the early symptoms is increased belching frequency. Another warning sign is sore throat leading to difficulty in eating. There is a pain in the chest area and this can be accompanied by heartburn. The heartburn is more felt when the patient is lying down. If not treated, the stomach will swell upward. Not...

Liver Failure Symptoms

Liver failure is a severe medical condition characterized by the incapacity of the liver to do its normal metabolic and synthetic functions in relation to physiology. It comes in two different forms, which are chronic liver failure and acute liver failure. The former is closely related to cirrhosis, which is caused by a variety of factors like the development of autoimmune disease, hepatitis B and excessive alcohol intake. The latter, on the other hand, takes place when there is decreased protein...

Pain Below Your Left Breast

Pain below left breast is a common condition experienced by patients who frequently or regularly do strenuous activities. Aside from these activities, there are other factors that contribute to the etiology of this health condition. In order to identify if the condition is acute or chronic, patients should have ideas about its causes and symptoms. In addition, it is also important for patients to consult with their physicians or medical doctors at the onset of the symptoms. With the proper diagnosis...

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...

What Causes Liver Enzymes to Elevate?

What are liver enzymes Liver enzymes are proteins that help speed up chemical reactions within the liver. They perform a variety of functions in the body, such as filtration and cleansing of  blood, excretion and metabolism. The liver is greatly involved in removing toxins from the body. It also makes proteins that take part in blood clotting. When liver enzymes are elevated or decreased, it is a sign of liver problem, and must not be ignored. Causes of liver enzyme elevation A variety of conditions...

Appendicitis Symptoms

Although the appendix has no known function, it can lead to health problems. Usually the diseases affect young boys age ten to fourteen. Appendicitis Signs The most conspicuous sign is severe stomach pain. This can happen during the early stages of the disease. Obviously this ailment can be caused by other diseases so other indicators have to be considered. The other major indicators appear when the appendix is about to rupture. These symptoms will last for 24 hours or so. Among these signs are...