Being Your Own Sleuth

App - William Iven

A friend asked me whether there is one source that lists digestive problems, including the obscure ones. Unfortunately, when I was trying to figure out what was going on with me I never found one and there still does not seem to be a single source. This led me to hop from website-to-website trying to determine if the symptoms I had matched a specific known disease or disorder. In an attempt to simplify the process, I compiled a list of websites that may help those who are not feeling well identify what may be going on.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • The site has a list of diseases (more than just digestive disorders) and discusses the disease, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments, in addition to other useful information. This is the most comprehensive list I have found.

American Association of Retired Persons

  • The diseases GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), diverticulitis, indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis are broken down into symptoms, causes, and treatments.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

  • Common digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer are covered.

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

University of California San Francisco Medical Center

  • This site discusses the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatments for some of the diseases of the liver and digestive tract in addition to other diseases. It also provides a medical dictionary and descriptions of medical tests from allergy testing to thyroid scans.

Do you have other sites to recommend?

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