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As soon as something is amiss in your intestines, you’ll know it, from the faintest rumbling to doubled-over pain. Keeping an eye on your gut health—and your diet—can help avoid long-term issues.

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Irritable bowel syndrome may cause other issues for you like hemorrhoids, mood changes, and pelvic pain. Medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes can reduce symptoms.

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Irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by stress, dietary changes, and even traveling. Preventing and treating the attacks involves exercise, eating a bland diet, and medication.

Living with the symptoms of IBS, like repeated bouts of diarrhea and pain, can affect your quality of life, activities, and relationship. But certain strategies and therapies can help.

There are several types of foods that can trigger IBS symptoms, so limiting or eliminating them can reduce the number of attacks you have. Dairy, high-fat foods, wheat, and caffeine are some of the foods that people with IBS say triggers their symptoms.

An indirect hernia is a protrusion of an organ through the "wall" located near the groin or abdomen. The bulge is painless but when strangulated, can cause symptoms.

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If you have frequent diarrhea or constipation, you may have IBS. Learn about the symptoms of each type and next steps for treating your IBS.

Find out how to treat a colonic neoplasm

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Several types of infections can make your colon hurt, such as food poisoning and COVID-19. Other causes include lactose intolerance, irritable bowel disease, and diverticulitis.

Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Most colon cancer starts from polyps that naturally form on the colon lining. Getting colonoscopies is key to catching and curing it.

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Meckel’s diverticulum is a sac or pouch in the lower part of the small intestine. It comes from the left over tissue of the umbilical cord of a fetus. It's usually diagnosed in children. It may not ever cause any problems, but it can also cause rectal bleeding or intestinal blockage in children.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammation of the digestive tract and includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is usually a chronic condition that has flare-ups.

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic disorder of the gut (primarily the intestines) that causes abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhea, or both. There is no cure for IBS, but there are many treatments to reduce symptoms.

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Diverticulitis occurs when small, bulging pouches called diverticula develop in your intestines, and become inflamed and infected. It can cause pain and nausea. It's treated with antibiotics.

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Colitis is an inflammation of the lining of the colon. There are a number of causes, including infection and an overactive immune system. Often, you have stomach pain and diarrhea. Getting the right diagnosis is critical to managing your symptoms.

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Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation in your gut. Eating gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley, triggers your immune system to attack your own intestines, causing diarrhea, pain, and weight loss.

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Abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and exhaustion are some of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. Crohn’s is an inflammation of the intestines. It’s a chronic disease but diagnosing it early and reducing the inflammation can reduce symptoms and even prevent complications and slow progression of the disease.

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Microscopic colitis is caused by inflammation of the large intestine. It is believed to be caused by an overly aggressive immune response to certain triggers.

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The walls of your large intestine can become weak in certain spots. A poor diet and not enough exercise can cause weak spots in your intestine. Eventually, small pouches, called diverticula, form. When this happens, you have diverticulosis. It is very common in older adults.

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Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, long-term inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, involving ulcers and sores of the large intestine and rectum.

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