10 Digestive Diseases That Can Affect Bowel Functions

by : Sandra Kim Leong

You can expect to experience bowel obstructions and other uncomfortable symptoms when your digestive system is not working properly. These symptoms include nausea, weakness, dizziness, sweatiness and in serious cases, can also be life threatening.

Your digestive system is made up of a digestive tract and other organs that aid in breaking down your food for absorption and the remaining to be removed as waste. Your digestive system extends from your mouth to your anus and includes all the organs in between; such as your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.

Here are 10 digestive diseases that can affect your bowels with an improperly functioning digestive system:

1. Fecal Compaction is also known as impaction. It occurs whenever hardened waste matter obstructs your natural bowel function. This condition occurs for numerous reasons, but an unhealthy diet is the biggest cause of this disease.

2. Viral Gastroenteritis results from a viral infection that also leads to vomiting or diarrhea. Viral gastroenteritis is often called the "stomach flu," although it is not caused by the influenza viruses.

It is a disease that most people can recover from without any major problems. However, if you get viral gastroenteritis, you must drink enough fluids to replace what is lost through vomiting and diarrhea. If not enough fluids are replaced, serious complications can arise. There are also some complications that can occur from vomiting, even if you are healthy.

3. Appendicitis happens with an inflamed appendix. It develops when the lumen of the appendix becomes obstructed, usually by fecal waste, a foreign invader or hyperplasia of lymphatic tissue that is normally present in the wall of the appendix. Your appendix is a small pouch that is attached to the area where your kidney starts on your lower right side.

An inflamed appendix can burst and cause infection and possibly death. This is a condition that can affect anyone at any age, but it is more common in people who are between the age of 10 and 30.

4. Rapid Gastric Emptying is also known as dumping syndrome. It develops when the lower end of your small intestine fills up too rapidly with undigested food from your stomach. This causes nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea and shortness of breath.

5. Late Dumping happens between 1 to 3 hours after a meal. Late dumping is normally caused by an insulin response to the ingested food. You may feel flushed, fatigued, sweaty, dizzy and experience all the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) with late dumping.

6. Short Bowel Syndrome is a group of problems that can affect you if you have had at least half of your small intestine removed.

7. Mucoid Plaque is used to describe a harmful coating of mucus-like material that exists in your colon. Its presence reduces the absorption of nutrients, impairs digestion, provides a breeding ground for parasite microorganisms and reduces bowel transit time.

It should be pointed out that scientific or medical studies do not support the existence of mucoid plaque. Yet there are countless photo evidence published by many on mucoid plaque removed from their bodies through colon cleansing.

8. Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis are both inflammatory bowel diseases that cause inflammation in your intestines. These are 2 types of bowel inflammation that affect the colon, which is also known as your large intestine.

9. Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, is also known as false blockage. It is a condition with symptoms that are similar to those of a bowel obstruction, which is also known as blockage. However, for this condition, no obstructions are observed when your intestines are examined. In fact, this disease is caused by problems in how the muscles and nerves in your intestines work.

Some of these symptoms include cramps, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, bloating, fewer bowel movements than usual and loose stools. Over the course of time, pseudo-obstruction can lead to bacterial infections, malnutrition and muscle problems in other parts of your body. Some people also experience bladder problems.

10. Ulcerative Colitis is a disease arising from inflammation and sores, or ulcers, in the lining of your large intestine. With this disease, an inflammation will usually occur in your rectum and the lower part of your colon. However, it is also possible that this disease can affect your entire colon. Still, it is rare that this disease will affect your small intestines. If such an instance should happen, it is called terminal ileum.