Digestive problems—such as cramps, bloating, diarrhea and gas—are common ailments to many Americans. These symptoms
can be influenced by the food we eat, the lifestyle we live and our family history of gastrointestinal issues.
Inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are both related to symptoms of the bowel. That is why they are commonly confused with one another.
Eugene Yen, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore and director of the Crohn’s and colitis program, offers his advice on the differences associated with inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) and IBS:
Have you ever experienced any of the symptoms of IBS? What other information do you want to know about the topic?
It happens to the best of us – we overindulge during the holidays, on a night out or at a family dinner and experience stomach pains, acid reflux and heartburn. It’s estimated that Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease (GERD) regularly affects close to 50 percent
of the adult population.
This digestive disorder happens when stomach acid and/or bile flows up into the esophagus leading to acid reflux, heartburn and in severe situations even esophageal cancer.
Mick Meiselman, MD, NorthShore Gastroenterologist and a GERD expert, offers suggestions to reduce GERD symptoms:
Which of these recommendations works best for you? Which of these recommendations is the hardest to follow?
If you think you may be at risk for GERD, take our
GERD Risk Assessment.