You experienced this uncomfortable sense of tightness, bloating and aching after eating spicy or fatty meal, haven’t you?

When you put a piece of food into the mouth, it starts a long way within your digestive tract. It runs from mouth through esophagus to the stomach, where gastric juice and enzymes begin to digest food.

After that it enters your gut (firstly small intestine and then – large intestine). There is a place, where all nutritive elements and fluid are absorbed, giving your body source of energy.

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Finally digestive system removes the waste products through the rectum.

Maybe each of us is familiar with symptoms of overeating and food poisoning. But feeling these unpleasant sensations longer than few days can indicate more serious health problems.

It may appear rather difficult to recognize exact cause of stomach trouble, as symptoms can be nonspecific (like bloating and abdominal pain). It's even possible to have several gastrointestinal disorders simultaneously.

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Nowadays specialists know wide variety of bowel diseases, which can be responsible for painful and uncomfortable changes in your digestive tract.

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We propose you the most common stomach problems and how they can become apparent.

#1 Gastritis

Inflammation of the stomach lining may be caused by bacterial infection (Helicobacter pylori) or may be a result of long-term regular consumption of painkillers (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

As a consequence, stomach lining becomes thinner and weak.

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Gastritis is one of the most common chronic digestive problems in modern society. People often complain of burning and aching in the upper abdomen, which can be changed after eating. Sometimes this pain may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

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#2 Irritable bowel syndrome

IBS is characterized by abdominal discomfort, alleviated after defecation, bloating and long-lasting constipation or diarrhea (which can alternate).

Nobody knows exact causes of this trouble. Specialists guess that increased nerves sensitivity, abnormal gut contractions and inflammation work together, causing unpleasant sensations.

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Sorry, ladies, but numerous studies show that we're much more likely to suffer from this disorder. It was also found that symptoms become worse during periods and after stress.

#3 Inflammatory bowel disease

This includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In these chronic conditions immune system functions incorrectly, causing long-term inflammation and damage of the digestive tract.

Colitis usually affect only the large intestine, leading to inflammation and ulceration in the superficial layers of the lining.

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Crohn's disease has ability to afflict any section of the digestive system, including the mouth. However it mainly prefers last part of the small intestine and colon.

Unfortunately, we don't have efficient methods to cure these disorders completely. They are usually managed by anti-inflammatory medicines and/or surgical removal of the affected areas.

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