Gastroenterologists are seeing an increasing number of acid reflux patients with unusual symptoms, such as chronic cough, asthma, indigestion and nausea. These patients actually have non-acid reflux, which stems from the success of their acid reducing medications in eliminating acid in the stomach. Physicians now have a new monitor that can detect non-acid reflux by measuring electrical resistance in the esophagus rather than acid levels.
Experts say aggravating little aches, pains and problems could be warnings of a more serious health problem. For instance, a change in bowel habits or black stools may seem minor and embarrassing to talk about, but they can be signs of colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or other GI problems that need to be addressed by your physician.
Dr. Eva Szigethy runs a coping clinic for children diagnosed with IBD. The clinic incorporates behavioral health into the medical care plan and teaches children strategies to reduce stress and help them remain active despite feeling ill.