VIJAYAWADA: Nowadays, many people who have crossed the age of 40 can’t have a sumptuous meal in a day due to gastric stomach problems. According to the gastroenterologists, the root cause of the problem is in the stomach/oesophagus. There may be disturbance of gastric mucosa which can lead to acid secretion.
Gastric problem can also occur when acids contact stomach nerve endings. They cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
Humans produce anywhere between 1-3 pints of gas every day and can release gas 14 times a day. But flatulence can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Luckily, intestinal gas is not a life-threatening disease and you can easily recover from it by changing dietary habits, they stated.
Symptoms of gastric problems such as heartburn, difficulty in swallowing, bitter or sour taste, cough or hoarseness of voice are caused by stomach acid rising up to oesophagus, according to consultant gastroenterologist of Sateesh Gastero and Liver Centre J Sateesh. It may also be caused by improper functioning of the muscle that separates contents of stomach from food pipe owing to obesity, lack of exercise or old age or excess stomach acid caused by heavy drinking, smoking or overeating, he elaborates.
The advanced endoscopy technology of the Gastroenterology department of the hospital will help diagnose GI problems and provides therapeutic endoscopy/colonoscopy, says Dr Sateesh.
Extreme swallowing of air can produce abdominal distension without any demonstrable dysfunction. “In some individuals, excessive belching may result from organic disease of the stomach and the small intestine. In others, the symptoms may reflect habits. The passage of excessive gas from the anus, especially with an unpleasant odour, is a frequent source of embarrassment”, said Dr Jagan Mohan M.
The volume of gas release is influenced by a carbohydrate rich diet. The odour is believed to be related to sulphur containing compounds, he added.
“Individuals who face a lot of physical and mental stress may suffer with ulceration. Ulceration is nothing but formation of an ulcer or aggregation of ulcers. An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions,” said Dr N Tirumala Rao, gastroenterologist.