Gastrointestinal System Support Groups
There are many times when it can be really helpful to connect with someone who is presently dealing with the same type of medical issue as you. Sometimes, it is comforting to talk with a person who has experienced a particular disease or disorder in the past and successfully “beaten” it. There is no better way of accomplishing this kind of valuable connection than by joining an online support group. As a result of the Internet, long distances and geographic locations no longer impair communicating with others.
Benefits of Online Support Groups for Gastrointestinal Conditions
Online Gastrointestinal Support Groups can serve as public forums for those suffering from various kinds of gastrointestinal conditions. An online support group is a non-threatening “comfort zone” where someone can meet new friends, receive emotional support, share helpful advice and the latest medical resources available, trade practical living tips, as well as tell their personal story about a mutual medical condition.
When group members feel particularly passionate about their cause, they “band together” becoming effective patient advocates at the local, regional, and federal levels of government to hopefully finding a cure for their disease.Gastrointestinal Signs and Symptoms
The throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anus, gallbladder, liver, and pancreas are all parts of the gastrointestinal system. A wide range of associated diseases, disorders, and conditions can affect individuals of all ages and population groups. Common digestive signs and symptoms include:
- Abdominal swelling
- Abdominal pain
- Burning sensation within the throat
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Gas and flatulence
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Acid reflux
Signs and symptoms can vary greatly based on the cause. They can last for short periods, disappearing just as quickly, or they can recur or persist for longer periods. Gastrointestinal conditions can also affect other body systems depending on the underlying reason(s). Other bodily symptoms may include:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Bruising and bleeding easily
- Symptoms resembling the flu (headache, cough, fever, sore throat, generalized fatigue, and/or aching)
- Pale looking skin
- Pain (referred to the shoulder)
- Overall weakness
- Weight loss
- Vitamin deficiency
At MDJunction, we offer five different types of online oral and dental support groups. These groups are specifically intended for those who have bad breath, dry mouth, lip cancer, oral cancer, gum disease, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder of the jaw).