Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are among the most common digestive disorders. In all three cases, the cause is unknown and, if diagnosed, they often require lifestyle changes. The best way to manage these disorders is to be aware of the symptoms and factors that may put you at risk. If you are experiencing the symptoms below, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options.\n\nWhat Is Celiac Disease?\nCeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.\nCauses of Celiac Disease\nThose suffering from the disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some oats. When people with Celiac disease consume gluten, their immune systems attack the small intestine and damage the inner lining which is used to absorb nutrients from food.\nCeliac Disease Symptoms\n\nAbdominal pain\nDiarrhea\nConstipation\nWeight loss\nNausea\nFatigue\n\nTreating Celiac Disease\nCeliac disease is chronic and there is no known cure. People living with Celiac disease must consume a gluten-free diet in order to eliminate symptoms. Gluten is sometimes hidden in processed foods so those with Celiac are advised to always check nutrition labels and ingredients. However, a person should not begin a gluten-free diet without being diagnosed.\nRELATED:\u00a0Infographic: Managing Celiac Disease With a Gluten-Free Diet\nWhat Is Crohn’s Disease?\nCrohn’s disease is a severe, chronic inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding in the digestive tract.\nCauses of Crohn’s Disease\nThe cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but like other inflammatory bowel diseases, it seems to run in some families. Some research links Crohn’s disease to an overactive and inappropriate immune response to the bacteria that normally reside in the intestine, causing damage to the intestines.\nCrohn’s Disease Symptoms\n\nDiarrhea\nAbdominal cramps and pain\nRectal bleeding\nAnemia\nWeight loss\nFatigue, weakness\nNausea\nFever\nMouth sores\nSores, abscesses in the anal area\n\nDid You Know?\nThere are about 700,000 people currently living with Crohn’s Disease.\nCrohn’s Disease Treatment\nYour doctor may recommend that you avoid foods that provoke symptoms, including:\n\nDairy foods (due to lactose intolerance)\nHighly seasoned foods\nHigh-fiber foods\nOther biologic treatments\n\nMedication or surgery may also be an option.\nRELATED:\u00a0Crohn’s Disease: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment\nWhat Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?\nIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to abdominal pain and bowel changes. It is the most common intestinal problem that causes patients to be referred to a bowel specialist (gastroenterologist).\nCauses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome\nThe reasons why IBS develops are not clear, but it can occur after an infection of the intestines. Another trigger may be stress. Signals go back and forth between the bowel and brain, which affect bowel function and symptoms. The nerves can become more active during stress, which can cause the intestines to be more sensitive and contract more.\nIBS is twice as common in women, affecting 1 in 6 women.\nIrritable Bowl Syndrome Symptoms\n\nAbdominal pain\nGas\nFullness\nBloating\n\nTreating Irritable Bowel Syndrome\nLifestyle changes can help in some cases of IBS. For example, regular exercise and improved sleep habits may reduce anxiety and help relieve bowel symptoms.\nThe following dietary changes may help:\n\nAvoid foods and drinks that stimulate the intestines, such as caffeine, tea, or cola\nEat smaller meals\nIncrease fiber in the diet \u2013 this may improve constipation, but make bloating worse.\n\nTalk with your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications.