Gastrointestinal Problems

What is it- This is a symptom that results in your stool staying in the colon for longer than normal and can then cause your stool to be hard and difficult to pass. 

Causes- Medications (opiates such as codeine or morphine based products, iron supplements, calcium supplements ), poor diet, inactivity, failing to go to pass stool with the urge, and certain  medical problems.

Symptoms- Hard stool, sometimes small amounts, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, feeling of not fully opening bowels once passed stool.

If you experience weight loss, a change in bowel habit, bleeding from the back passage, severe pain with passing stool, difficulty in swallowing or feeling tired all the times the YOU MUST CONTACT A DOCTOR TO DISCUSS.

If you have a fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, or unable to pass wind, a hard abdomen, the feeling your abdomen feels larger and distended then you must attend your nearest AE or dial 111. 

Treatment- Constipation can easily be treated with a change to lifestyle and medications over the counter such as medications to soften the stool , to medications that can stimulate the bowel or those that act as bulking agents. To find out more go to our secure online booking system to speak to our pharmacist or NHS trained GPs who will be able to offer more advice and if further investigations are needed.

For further reading go to the following link at

Constipation | Causes, Symptoms and Treatment | Patient

Constipation – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it-  This is a very common symptom resulting in loose watery stool which usually lasts between 5 to 7 days.

Cause- Gastroenteritis is the most common cause.  It is a result of infection from viruses like norovirus, or bacteria such as E coli, salmonella, campylobacter ( also know as food poisoning).  Other causes of diahorrea include bowel cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohns Disease and Ulcerative colitis, as well malabsorption conditions such as Coeliacs Disease.  If all conditions have been excluded then it can be assumed to be caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Other causes include endocrine disorders such as thyroid and pancreatic problems.  

In addition to the above, many  lifestyle factors also can cause cause diahorrea such as alcohol excess, medications like antibiotics, statins and even overuse of laxatives.  However not all diahorrea is a result of medical problems, our own mental health including anxiety can result in diahorrea.  

Symptoms- Symptoms associated with diahorrea include loose watery stool, smelly stool, abdominal pain, feeling tired all the time, a history of unintentional weight loss,  bloody stool, increased frequency of passing stool and sometimes fever or associated vomiting. 

 It is important however to call 111 or attend your local accident and emergency department if you have the following –

  • Diahorea and vomiting which stops you from keeping down fluids and keeping well hydrated
  • Fever
  • Passing bloody stool 
  • Black tarry motions 
  • Hot and Cold shakes known as rigors.
  • Reduced frequency of passing urine

Treatment- This will usually be the cause of the symptoms. 

Usually, diahorea can be managed at home with drinking plenty of fluids and keeping well hydrated.  There are also many over the counter medications that can also help you manage diahorrea at home including medications that rehydrate you such as diorylte or  anti diahorea medications that reduce the frequency of going to the toilet.

Our experienced GPs can help at the click of a button at a time convenient for you wherever you are- whether home or work, MyDoc has you covered. 

For further information please go to the following link provided below

Diarrhoea | Causes, Treatment, Complications & Prevention | Patient

Diarrhoea and vomiting – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- This is a functional condition of the gastrointestinal tract that results in discomfort and or pain and bloating.

Who it affects- It affects up to 40% of population

Symptoms- Abdominal pain, change in bowel habit ( this can be diahorrea, constipation or can be both), bloating, rectal mucus and worse with eating which must be present for at least 6 months. 

Treatment-  At MyDoc 0ur experienced GP’s realise that the symptoms of IBS can be just as disabling as the symptoms of other stomach conditions with known causes.  Therefore our GP’s will be able to discuss your symptoms in complete confidence, we listen understand and will help you find the best way to manage your symptoms. IBS is a condition that cannot be cured.  It is a long term condition.  Ways to treat IBS include diet changes such as a FODMAP diet, medications and specific psychological techniques involving stress reduction, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as simply increasing the amount of exercise each week.   If left untreated it can lead to later problems such as anxiety and depression. 

What is FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols).  This is a diet that may be an effective treatment if your IBS symptoms include bloating.  This diet reduces the amount of certain sugars found in certain fruits and vegetables.  Our GP’s are at hand to give you more information about whether this diet that could help you.

Go online and book an appointment to discuss your concerns.  For only £28 our experienced GMC registered and NHS trained GP’s will be able to offer advice and further help.  Whether you are at work or home, have a laptop or smartphone, MyDoc has you covered. 

For further information online visit-

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | Patient

or  the following link below 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is it- This is a symptom that is felt as a pain usually burning in nature in the stomach, behind the breast bone or into the neck especially after eating and drinking.  It can affect all ages and can be caused by certain lifestyle factors Reduce alcohol intake , reduce smoking, try to avoid triggers in your diet like spicy foods, don’t eat late at night or before you go to bed, and try reducing stress.  or underlying medical problems.

What causes it– There are many causes of indigestion these include smoking, alcohol, stress, obesity, GORD , also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease and can occur when the muscles at the bottom of the food pipe known as the oesophagus called the sphincter muscles become weaker and cause acid from the stomach to move upwards into the chest and neck causing the symptom known as heartburn/ indigestion and acid reflux (an acid taste in your mouth). Gastritis This condition also can cause heartburn and abdominal pain resulting from inflammation of the stomach lining. Treatment involves consideration of lifestyle changes or discuss with us any medications you are taking that may cause it such as NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin as well as eating little and often and trying to reduce stress levels. ., as well as certain medications including NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, steroids, certain types of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori.  This is a condition that results in indigestion symptoms .  Certain foods can also cause the symptoms including spicy foods, pre-package or processed foods.

Symptoms-  Abdominal discomfort, burning pain, acid taste in your mouth, nausea, vomiting, trapped wind, bloating, burping, a persistent sore throat and sometimes bad breath, black tarry motions, finding blood in your vomit can also be a rare complication.  Our GPs will need to ask you about your diet and lifestyle and sometimes they are able to diagnose the problem by a simple history.  However, in some instances we may need to consider further tests to get a full understanding to the cause of your symptoms and these will include a camera test into the stomach called an endoscopy, a stool sample and sometimes a breath test.

If you experience the following this is an indication to call 111 or attend your nearest AE department- vomiting blood, dark black stool, abdominal pain, fever, lightheaded, chest pain, or back pain.

Treatment- Indigestion can be treated with changes to lifestyle. Reduce alcohol intake , reduce smoking, try to avoid triggers in your diet like spicy foods, don’t eat late at night or before you go to bed, and try reducing stress. and diet. 

However, some cases over the counter medication is needed such as alginates or antacids or sometimes it requires a bit stronger medication that our GPs are able to prescribe.  Your treatment will be tailored around your medical history that will be confidential.  Sometimes our doctors may feel it is necessary to get further specialist advice by referring you onto a specialist for further tests and investigations.

For further reading go to the following link provided

Indigestion – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Indigestion (Dyspepsia) | Patient

 

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