stomach problems

Many of my clients share the stories of their debilitating stomach problems they battle for years. Although ruled out as not life threatening, doctors struggle to diagnose the symptoms and largely resort to the general IBS verdict. Recommendations for IBS are very broad and unspecific as there is no clarity on what’s causing the problems. But this point isn’t well communicated within a normal 10 min GP appointment.

Feeling out of control

How would you feel if you suffer from near daily bloating, unbearable indigestion, pain in the stomach, unpredictable and urgent trips to the loo? Well, firstly your quality of life goes down pretty quickly interrupted by the physical symptoms. Secondly, you feel out of control because you don’t have an explanation of why these physical symptoms keep happening to you. Today I want to share with you 5 other conditions that according to the experts cause unspecific gut problems.

5 conditions that cause unspecific gut problems

1. Inflamed bowel


When the bowel is inflamed even on a microscopic level, it can’t get the job done as intended. Precisely, it can’t absorb excess water from digestive tract. That leads to bloating, painful diarrhoea, nutrient and weight loss. One of the possible causes is taking PPI (proton pump inhibitors) for acid reflux and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.

2. Slow bowel transit

Our food is propelled through the gut by precisely choreographed action of muscle and nervous cells working in unison. If unbalanced, food physically can’t move along the gut. If you are advised to eat more fibre, as a general recommendation for IBS, that leads to worsening of the symptoms of constipation, bloating and pain. Symptoms relieving treatment include pharmaceutical products that stimulate muscle contraction. Lifestyle choice would be dietary advice and exercise that naturally stimulate normal gut reflexes.

3. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

When too many bacteria live in the small intestine, part of the digestive tract that connects stomach and large intestine (colon), they can interfere with normal digestion. Probable cause – prolonged use of PPI.

4. Gluten sensitivity

If abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea accompanied by headaches, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, it may just be a sign of non celiac gluten sensitivity. symptoms similar to coeliac disease are experienced, but there are no associated antibodies and no damage to the lining of the gut. The severity of symptoms depend on the level of sensitivity – it’s a spectrum. Before embarking on gluten free diet it’s important to be tested for coeliac disease.

5. Too much bile

Bile acid malabsorbtion (BAM) usually comes in bouts of watery diarrhoea that happen at night too. Bile is produced in your liver and stored in your gallbladder that releases it into the small intestine to help digest fats from food. What isn’t used gets reabsorbed back. If there is too much bile or not all of it can be recycled, it escapes into the colon where it attracts more water causing chronic diarrhoea. The treatment includes resins that bind to bile acid removing them from the gastrointestinal tract.

Over to you

Can you relate to unexplained stomach problems? Or perhaps you’ve found an effective way to treat your stomach symptoms ? Your voice is the only thing missing from this post. Please leave a comment.

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2 replies
  1. Kate
    Kate says:

    I can so relate to this. I have suffered for over 20 years and what you are saying makes total sense. I am so in tune with it. I do nutritional programmes to help ladies of a certain age cope with previous menopausal symptoms. Your oils will be an added bonus. I have so ready purchased some. I have no gall bladder and struggle to take oil without getting indigestion. I have tried digestive enzymes with it. Can you advise on anything else to help in digesting it please, as the benefits I believe are amazing and I want to continue with it?

    • Elena
      Elena says:

      Dear Kate,
      Thank you so much for your comments. I think you already doing all the right things. Unfortunately, evidence based advice seems to be lacking in this area. NHS web site also suggests no diet modification for people without gall bladder. So listening to your body is a good place to start and eventually work out the answers as to when, how and how much oil works best for you. Perhaps for you is better to take the oil with food or take smaller dose in one go. The range of daily consumed foods that contain fats is also worth looking at and go for quality there tailoring quantity to suit your body. Being mindful to your body responses is the key. Best wishes, Elena


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