Our digestive system has been composed of complex functions. These functions are performed by different parts of the digestive system controlled by the local nervous system, central nervous system, and hormones.
The local nerve supply of the digestive system is through myenteric and Meissner’s plexus which are part of the autonomous nervous system. The central nervous system also plays a vital role as a control center for all the commands and through nerve supply from the vagus and some spinal nerves. The hormonal system is one of the strongest and well-developed systems in the digestive tract. These hormones are functioning at a micro level and are effectively controlling the normal functions of the digestive tract.
All these systems are working in coordination and collaboration for a perfect and error-free digestive system which absorbs the useful substances and excretes the harmful substances from our body. So, the function of detoxification is also going side by side.
Any problem in the normal digestive functions of this system results in clinical manifestations. Any change in diet or problem at the cellular or nerve level brings about major changes in the normal routine and functioning of the digestive tract. Our emotional state is one of the strongest factors which can lead to digestive distress or malfunctions.
Digestive distress as the name indicates is the improper functioning of the routine digestive phenomenon. Normally, the digestion of food occurs as a result of a number of events happening in each part of the tract. For example, digestion and absorption mostly take place in the small intestine at a certain speed and if it is disturbed by any means, the absorption is affected, and a person may suffer from diarrhea.
Clinical features of Digestive distress
There are a number of classical signs and symptoms of digestive disorder or digestive distress. Most common signs of digestive distress are as following;
- Beginning from esophagus and stomach, esophagitis is the most common digestive distress and manifests as heart burning especially retrosternal burning. Esophagitis can also occur because of gastric reflux. This condition is called as reflux esophagitis and it also manifests as Epigastric and retrosternal burning. Gastric burning is also a series of similar underlying mechanisms.
- Abdominal pain and cramps are most commonly presented problems in the outpatients and indoor patient departments. It is also one of the clinical features of digestive distress. Abnormal movements of the small or large intestine manifest as abdominal cramps. It can also occur because of pancreatitis or gall stones but the site is hypochondrium in that case.
- Flatulence is one of the most uncomfortable signs of digestive distress. It occurs in a number of conditions, indigestion being the most common cause. Other symptoms of digestive distress disorder are alternative constipation and diarrhea, Nausea, vomiting, and headache.
Digestive distress tracker
As mentioned earlier, digestive distress appears in many diseases of the digestive tract including stress. To make a proper diagnosis and manage the symptoms efficiently, one needs to keep a track of these symptoms. Special focus should be on the food we take.