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Gastrointestinal Disorder (Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, IBS, Ulcers, Reflux)

Gastrointestinal disorders vary widely in severity and symptomology. Students with these disorders may frequently exhibit no symptoms, however during flare ups students may appear tired or distracted, need to leave class frequently, or be absent.
Gastrointestinal disorders include conditions such as ulcers, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. Although symptoms vary, the treatment for many of these disorders is medication in conjunction with changes in diet and exercise. In severe cases, surgery or more extensive medical treatment may be needed to alleviate symptoms.

Observing Gastrointestinal Disorder (Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, IBS, Ulcers, Reflux) in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students with gastrointestinal disorders

  • May be absent more often than other students
  • May display fatigue
  • May need to leave class frequently

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Related Functional Characteristics

Bodily Function Control : Students with gastrointestinal disorders may have bodily control difficulties due to muscle spasms, sudden abdominal pain, or issues of digestion.

Dietary Needs : Students with gastrointestinal disorders have special dietary needs because certain foods can cause or exacerbate the symptoms or complications of many gastrointestinal disorders.

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with gastrointestinal disorders may experience physical fatigue due to poor nutritional intake or dehydration.

Pain Management : Students with gastrointestinal disorders may experience chronic or acute abdominal pain, cramping, joint pain, mouth sores, sore throat, chest pain, or eye irritation.

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