Man Not Feeling so Well

Poor digestion is something that many people suffer with at one point in time, and it’s quite obvious in a lot of cases that a certain food might be the culprit.  For instance, if a person gets heartburn immediately after swallowing a piece of an orange, it’s possible that there is sensitivity to that particular food.  However, there are other symptoms that may show up randomly or that don’t appear to be related to any given food or environmental factor.  The following symptoms could be associated with poor digestion:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Gas (flatulence, belching, stomach distension)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccups
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Rectal Pain
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Wet Burping

While all of the above symptoms can point to a variety of medical issues, experiencing one or more of them chronically can point to specific digestive problems that are symptomatic of more serious issues, such as gallstones or liver failure.  For instance, symptoms of gallstones can include nausea, vomiting, pain in the stomach area, and back pain between the shoulder blades.  Each of these symptoms can come up after eating something that doesn’t agree with the body, however if they become chronic (every time food is ingested) or if they last for a long time (sometimes for hours), then gallstones could be the cause and medical attention should be sought.

Liver failure can be indicated by something as simple as halitosis (bad breath) occurring regardless of a person’s dedication to oral hygiene and avoidance of foods, such as garlic, that notoriously cause bad breath symptoms.  Halitosis can also be indicative of diabetes and several other disorders.  Heartburn, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting can indicate the presence of peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers).

The presence of increased instances of cramps, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea in women can indicate that menopause may be starting.  All of these symptoms can be associated with menstrual cycles, but if they are occurring in the same manner at the wrong times of the month then menopause could be the cause.

Almost all of the symptoms listed above may point to an infestation of intestinal parasites.  It is quite clear that each of these symptoms, on their own, is not anything to worry about too much if they occur once in a while.  If, for instance, a person ingests dairy products and experiences gas, bloating, or other symptoms every time, then it is very possible that the person is lactose intolerant and can either avoid eating dairy products or consult a doctor to be prescribed a medication that can counteract the effects of the intolerance.  Other food allergies and sensitivities can cause these issues to occur, as well.  Unlike an intolerance to lactose, most other food reactions do not have a drug that can help counteract the effects and should therefore be avoided to avoid gastro-intestinal discomfort.

If heartburn occurs more than occasionally, it is also recommended that medical attention be sought to find out if something else might be the issue.  Peptic ulcers can be extremely dangerous if left untreated, as can a number of other issues that can cause heartburn, such as various heart problems.  Poor digestion isn’t something that a person should have to live with and it certainly isn’t something that, when chronic, can safely be left alone without being looked at.

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011