I am going through an uncomfortable situation, for two weeks I have flatulence. I have gastritis and symptoms of irritable bowel and hemorrhoids. At times I get constipated. I’m scared, because now everything is cancer and I want to know what to do. I have been taking omeprazole, an antispasmodic, but have not had good results.
Dear Antonio: The symptoms that you manifest are non-specific and common to many pathologies of the digestive tract, both functional and organic, namely, functional dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndromeand not necessarily the pathology you fear.
It is necessary and very important for your peace of mind to make a complete evaluation, with a detailed medical history, know your family and personal history, your habits, diet, medications you take, whether or not you have an intolerance to certain foods.
Conventional laboratory tests, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound, and complementary and specific tests, such as upper digestive endoscopy and colonoscopy with biopsies, must be done to rule out infection Helicobacter pylori, and other common pathologies of the digestive tube such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, colitis, diverticulosis. In this way, it will be possible to determine exactly what pathology you have or is a functional problem and give you the appropriate treatment for it.
Obviously, their eating habits must change radically, avoiding fatty foods, fried foods, condiments and spicy foods, excess red and processed meats, as well as carbohydrates. Of course, you should drink a lot of fluids, approximately two liters of water, fruits, legumes, vegetables, white meats, lean meats, grilled or steamed, and avoid stress, and most importantly, not think about cancer without having done the corresponding evaluation.
I hope I have helped you through your awkward situation.
Dr. Ernesto Paladines, gastroenterologist.