Distended. How to manage gas and bloating

Bloating is a sensation of increased abdominal pressure with or without visible abdominal distention.  Feeling distended is common. It affects 16% to 19% of people. Only half the people that complain of bloating actually have abdominal distention when examined by a...

The gastroparesis diet for slow stomach

The gastroparesis diet is recommended for patients with gastroparesis (slow stomach). What is gastroparesis? Gastroparesis is a low stomach. It is delayed gastric emptying in the absence of a mechanical obstruction. What causes gastroparesis? Idiopathic-unknown cause....

Why do I have blood in my stool?

Blood in stool can be a sign of a life threatening disease like cancer or a vexing but benign condition like hemorrhoid. Blood in the stool can be visible or invisible. When it is visible, it can be black and tarry (melena), burgundy (maroon) or bright red. When it is...

Do I have diverticulitis of the colon?

Diverticulitis is inflammation of the sac-like opening or pocket in the wall of the colon called diverticulum. Only patients with diverticulosis can have diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, redness,...

How to Relieve Chronic Constipation

Constipation mean different things to different people. Hard stools, infrequent stools, excessive straining, sensation of incomplete evacuation, and use of digital maneuvers are examples of what people describe when they talk about constipation. Constipation can be...

How to Deal with Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus or lower part of the rectum. They are common affecting more than 50% of people over the age of 50. Sometimes they bother people and sometimes they don’t. They can be inside or outside. They do not lead to cancer....