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The Digestive System – what is it and why is it important for health ? Part 1

The digestive system allows the digestion and absorption of food and execution of waste products. There can be many problems associated with the digestive system which if ignored can lead to complex situations.

– Appendicitis
If a person is suffering from a sudden abdominal pain which shifts to right lower abdomen and worsens and is accompanied with nausea and slight fever, then it could be appendicitis and it is a complex situation which needs an attention immediately.

– Gall Stones
If a person is suffering from sharp stabbing pain in the ribs accompanied by flu like symptoms and jaundice, then it could be that the person may have gall stones and it is a complex situation which needs an attention immediately which may includes an ultra sound scan, medication and surgery.

– Peritonitis
If a person is suffering from frequent hiccups, vomiting and a hard abdomen, then it could be peritonitis which is the inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity caused by injuries from repeated blows to abdomen. It needs an attention immediately which may include treatment by antibiotics, intravenous fluids and surgery.

– Stomach Cancer
If a person is suffering from stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, indigestion after meals, vomiting, pallor, diarrhea, weight loss, then it could be a stomach cancer which needs an attention immediately which includes operation.

– Ovarian Cancer
If a person is suffering from bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty in eating or feeling full quickly, urge to urinate, then it could be an ovarian cancer which will be confirmed by a gynecologist with a painless imaging test.

– Hepatitis
If a person is suffering from mild discomfort in upper abdomen and under ribs along with fatigue, jaundice and itching, then it could be hepatitis and you need medications, change of diet and rest.

– Colo-rectal Cancer
If a person is suffering from frequent bloody stools which lasts for more than six weeks with a feeling that you cannot empty the bowels totally with weight loss, then it could be colo-rectal cancer which if caught early has a 90% chance of getting cured.

– Bowel Cancer
If a person is suffering from diarrhea or constipation for more than a week and bloody or heavily mucused stools with a feeling if incomplete evacuation, then it could be bowel cancer which can be diagnosed by a digital exam.

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