BETHESDA, Md.—GI symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion/dyspepsia, bloating and constipation are among the most common but also among the most misinterpreted and their impact and significance misunderstood both by healthcare providers and patients, according the World Gastroenterology Organisation. WGO has called on the international community of patient groups and gastroenterologists to observe World Digestive Health Day, May 29th, through educational outreach on this year’s health focus, “From Heartburn to Constipation—Common GI Symptoms in the Community: Impact and Interpretation."
In support of this global awareness effort, the American College of Gastroenterology has identified a number of resources for those seeking evidenced-based information, treatment guidelines, as well as ACG expert answers to the most frequently asked questions and concerns about a range of common GI symptoms such as heartburn, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating.
“Many of these symptoms are experienced as the result of food intolerances or lifestyle factors, like inactivity, obesity, or smoking, but they can also be present in more than one GI condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and in more serious GI diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and even later-stage colorectal cancer," said ACG president Lawrence Schiller, MD, FACG. “So it is vital that patients take them seriously and see their doctor to get an accurate diagnosis, rule out any serious condition, and get the proper treatment, especially if they are experiencing these symptoms regularly or if these symptoms are disrupting their overall well-being or daily life. “