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Vivienne Balonwu on October 20th, 2012

What Is Pancreatitis? Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas (a gland in the abdomen) becomes inflamed. It’s extremely painful and is usually accompanied by vomiting. Apart from powerful painkilling drugs, the only other thing that sometimes brings relief is sitting forwards. The pancreas is a special gland that helps with digestion and guards blood sugar levels. […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on September 6th, 2012

Removing large chunks of the digestive tract used to be the only way to end the pain of chronic stomach ulcers and avoid the risk of a potentially life-threatening haemorrhage. Now, all most people need is a course of antibiotics. Symptoms Of Peptic Ulcer Although most peptic ulcers are quite small, they can be incredibly […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on August 28th, 2012

What is achalasia? At first it may only cause a minor problem, and often goes unnoticed. However, over time someone with achalasia finds it increasingly difficult to swallow food and liquid. This is because the muscles in the oesophagus (gullet) which move foods and liquids into the stomach stop working properly. This leads to the […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on August 11th, 2012

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? This is the term given to a range of symptoms affecting the digestive system. It is a diagnosis of exclusion i.e. it is usually made once other possibilities have been ruled out. It is the commonest gastroenterological disorder there is, affecting at least half of all people attending gastroenterology out-patients, […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on December 25th, 2011

What Are Gallstones? These are small stones – often looking like bits of gravel – which form in the gallbladder. This is the collecting bag for bile, which helps us to digest fat, and is situated tucked under the liver just below the rib cage on the right. They are often present without causing symptoms, […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on December 17th, 2011

What Are Haemorrhoids? Haemorrhoids (sometimes called ‘piles’) occur when the veins in the lower part of the rectum and around the anus become swollen, enlarged or damaged. Other conditions can also cause discomfort, pain or bleeding in this area. They include anal fissure and anal itching (pruritus). Although haemorrhoids are the most common cause of […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on December 3rd, 2011

What Is Heartburn? Heartburn is a type of indigestion where acid from the stomach rises up your gullet (oesophagus), the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. Overeating is a common cause of heartburn, as are alcohol, smoking and rich or spicy foods. Stress, worry and rushed meals can all make heartburn […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on July 31st, 2011

What Are Piles? Piles is the common term for haemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in and around the back passage (anus). Many people will develop piles at some time or another and, although highly uncomfortable, they are rarely cause for concern. The most frequent cause of piles is constipation, where you have difficulty going to […]

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