Category Archives for The Digestive System

Lower Abdominal Pain

Lower abdominal pain refers to any discomfort, tingling sensation or mild to severe aching below the umbilicus or the belly button. The pain can be felt in the right lower part of the abdomen or in the left lower part of the abdomen. In addition, the patient can also experience sharp pain in the midline or just below the umbilicus. This health condition can be caused by various factors like doing strenuous activities or it can be due to the occurrence or development of chronic illnesses. To learn...

Pancreas Pain

Pancreas is an important organ in the endocrine and digestive system because it produces different important hormones like glucagon, insulin and somatostatin. In addition to these hormones, it is also responsible for the production of exocrine gland and excretion of pancreatic juice, which contains enzymes that are significant to digestion. Pain in the pancreas is a symptom of disorders or illnesses in the organ. In order to determine the real cause of the problem, patients should undergo diagnostic...

Acid Reflux Symptoms

Acid reflux is also termed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which is a condition consisting of damage to the esophagus due to mucosal injury. The injury may produce either permanent or transient damage to the barrier located between the stomach and the esophagus. There are various forms of GERD manifesting different acid reflux symptoms according to the type of GERD condition present. The different acid reflux symptoms may be due to incompetence on the part of the lower esophageal sphincter,...

Stomach Pain

Stomach pain, also known as stomach ache, is one of the most common kind of body pain that the human body experiences. When the organs inside and around the abdomen get affected, stomach pain can occur. These organs are the stomach, colon, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and the intestines. Sometimes, the pain can be felt on the abdomen even if the organs that are affected are not part of the digestive tract, such as the heart, lungs, uterus or ovaries, which sends a painful tingling or shooting sensation...

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...

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...

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...