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Why does my tummy hurt?

Why does my tummy hurt?

Do you have flare-ups of abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, GERD, indigestion, gas, bloating, etc? Digestive disorders are more prevalent then ever before. 70,000,000 Americans suffer from digestive disorders today.  Why are so many turning to preventative medicine for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Irritable Bowel Disease? Not only has Dunsky rehabilitation and Spine Center been treating Neuropathy and disorders of the spine for 16 years, but they also have a successful GUT program treating people with most of the major digestive issues known today.

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is NOT the same as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  IBS is a disorder that affects the muscular contractions of the bowel and is NOT characterized by intestinal inflammation as with IBD. 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBDs) can be identified by chronic inflammation in the intestines.  Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease are the most common types of IBDs.  Irritable Bowel Disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract which may cause diarrhea, cramping and pain in the abdomen.  This disease frequently can effect the body’s inherent ability to digest food and absorb nutrients, thus causing progressive illness.


Crohn’s Disease

•    Inflammation may develop anywhere from the mouth to the anus
•    Most commonly occurs at the end of the small intestine
•    May appear in patches
•    May extend through entire thickness of bowel wall
•    35% of people in remission will have 1 or 2 relapses over the next 5 years
    

Ulcerative Colitis

•    Limited to the large intestine
•    Occurs in the rectum and colon, involving a part or the entire colon
•    Appears in a continuous pattern
•    Inflammation occurs in innermost lining of the intestine
•    30% of people in remission will experience active disease in the next year


How dangerous inflammation effects IBD
The lining of the intestines loses the ability to adequately process food, absorb water and process waste which results in diarrhea.  This is due to the ulcerations and inflammation for which the disease is known.  Pain in the abdomen and bloody stool may also occur from lesions that develop.  Some of the symptoms may change over time as well.

If you have been diagnosed with any digestive disorder or GUT imbalance and would like to learn how to stay healthy or get healthy? Call the office to set up a consultation with Dr. Joshua Dunsky, 508-309-7475

-by Joshua Dunsky DC

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