If you read the recent post on the blog regarding common digestive diseases (which you can read here), you will know that a sore stomach can occur for any number of reasons. And while you may be able to tell the difference between an upset stomach and a bit of indigestion, when you have prolonged periods of pain in your abdomen, it’s important that you go and get it checked out.
In this short post, I’ll be highlighting some of the ways you can tackle digestive problems and get help.
Always visit your GP
Don’t go suffering in silence. Even if you feel like your problems down there are more an inconvenience rather than shooting pains or something that completely put your day out of kilter, don’t think a few paracetamol and a cup of tea will do the job
Go and visit your GP, even if pains have passed. A clear examination is the only way to 100% know if there’s a possibility of digestive problems or if aches and pains in your stomach could be caused by a problem somewhere else.
Seek out specialist help
We’re blessed in the UK to have the NHS, but with the ever-increasing waiting lists and opportunities to see a consultant becoming harder, anyone who thinks they have serious digestive health issues may want to go private and get direct access to gastroenterologists.
Groups like One Welbeck in London specialise in digestive health with direct access to gastroenterologists and a faster road towards possibly having an endoscopy (used to help diagnose the likes of inflammation around the stomach) or gastroscopy (around the intestines) that can help bring a definitive answer for long term problems.
Supplement your diet
Without getting overwhelmed by the vitamin aisle in the local health shop, it’s good to know that there are little improvements you can add to your diet to help improve digestive health. Whether it’s taking a little apple cider vinegar every few days or starting to take milk thistle, there’s a whole host of supplements out there.
Some supplements I would suggest you read more on include:
- aloe vera
These are mostly supplements you can easily add into your diet but have a good look at what’s out there and read up first before grabbing any bottles in one of those buy one, get one for 1p sales.
Read up on specific symptoms
You’re on a slippery slope when you start Googling any health problems when you’re having aches and any pains down there. If you’ve been to visit a doctor or specialist and they mention potential diagnoses, you should consider it like getting homework and learning about it in your own time.
If you can understand what digestive problems you might have, it will better help you understand how to control and reduce your pain levels.
Being left in the lurch doesn’t help, and even the NHS has excellent online resources that can clearly explain how to combat the likes of Ulcerative Colitis or Haemorrhoids (which were mentioned in the previous blog).
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