A DUNDALK mother-of-two who suffers from digestive problems has spoken out in a bid to raise awareness about the issue as poor digestive health could lead to more serious illnesses like colorectal or bowel cancer.
Audrey McGahon, aged 29, from Headford has been suffering from digestive discomfort since she was in her early teens and is currently awaiting an endoscopy exam, which might shed some light on the problem.
“I’m often bloated and suffer from indigestion and heartburn. During my two pregnancies my symptoms got much worse. Even now I still feel nauseous sometimes. It’s gone beyond a joke,” said Audrey.
“I’ve had blood tests which have ruled out that I’m a coeliac. I’ve also had food allergy tests and tried to eliminate and re-introduce certain foods in my diet.”
The busy mother of Molly, aged six, and James, aged two, is now due to have an endoscopy exam in September. The procedure examines the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum to detect gastrointestinal and digestive disorders.
“A lot of people who suffer from digestive problems are ashamed to talk about it but people should try to get help. Go to your local GP and tell them about your symptoms,” she said.
Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Danone revealed that nearly half of adults in Louth feel low in energy due to digestive discomfort.