|Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome IBS is a syndrome, meaning a group of symptoms.
The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or
discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating,
gas, diarrhea, and or constipation.
IBS affects the colon, or large bowel, which is the part of the digestive
tract that stores stool. IBS is not a disease. It's a functional disorder,
meaning that the bowel doesn't work, or function, correctly.
Endometriosis is a common medical condition characterized by growth beyond or outside the uterus of tissue resembling endometrium,
the tissue that normally lines the uterus.
In endometriosis, the endometrium (from endo, inside, and metra, womb ) is found to be growing outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvis.
Also called Tietze's Syndrome
Costochondritis is a form of inflammation of the
cartilage where ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain caused by Costochondritis may
mimic that of a heart attack or other heart condition.
Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is
accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers
themselves may be damaged, dysfunctional or injured.
These damaged nerve fibers
signals to other pain centers. The impact of nerve fiber injury
includes a change in nerve function both at the site of injury and areas around
the injury. Symptoms may include shooting and burning pain, tingling and numbness or electrical pain.
Endometriosis of the Uterus
Adenomyosis is the growth of uterine tissue from one particular layer of the
uterus (the endometrial glands) into the wrong layer (the muscle layer, called
the myometrium). It is a benign condition, but it can enlarge the uterus
presenting as a growth.
|Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
Sphincter of oddi is situated in the upper intestine, or duodenum, at the site where the pancreatic and bile ducts enter. Normally, this sphincter
functions as a one-way valve to allow bile and pancreatic secretions to
enter the bowel, while preventing the contents of the bowel from
backing up into these ducts.
When the sphincter
malfunctions, it becomes overly tight and does not allow adequate
drainage of the pancreatic and bile ducts. The result is a pressure
build-up in the ducts, leading to recurrent episodes of pancreatitis or
biliary pain mimicking gallstone disease.
|Anal Sphincter Dysfunction |
Significant Cause of Constipation
Anal Sphincter Dysfunction can result from nerve damage as well as from lacerations of the sphincter.
Tears are an important risk factor for long-term anal sphincter dysfunction.
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