Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs)
WHAT ARE FGIDs
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs) are a group of complex multifactorial disorders where the etiology remains misunderstood with varied and unpredictable medical treatments. These digestive disorders are prevalent, life changing and expensive to treat or manage. FGIDs are the most commonly diagnosed digestive disorders in clinical practices and are characterized by persistent and recurrent gut symptoms in which the gastrointestinal (GI) tract looks normal but doesn’t work properly. They are not caused by structural (tumors or masses) or biochemical abnormalities, thus no organic cause can be established and as a result many routine medical tests attempting to diagnose FGIDs can have normal/negative (non-disease) results.
Common symptoms are typically abdominal pain, heartburn, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas and flatulence, fatigue, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation and chronic indigestion are three of the most common examples.
FGIDs are recognized by physiological abnormalities that often occur in combination including; motility disturbance, visceral hypersensitivity, altered mucosal and immune function, altered gut microbiota and altered central nervous system processing. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive and responsive to conditions that affect the internal and external environments of the body which may lead to any of these physiological abnormalities.
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