Today in the United States there are millions of people living with the effects of gastrointestinal and digestive disorders, also known as FGIMD’s. They involve chronic troubles in areas within the digestive tract, from the esophagus down to the intestines. There are over two dozen FGIMD’s in both the upper and lower GI tract. They range from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) to Hirschsprung’s Disease (HD) to Short Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (CIP) and several more.
FGIMD stands for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, and the effects of these disorders vary from mild to life-threatening. These conditions typically involve pain or discomfort and improper functioning of one or more of the systems in the digestive tract.
If you or your loved ones are currently living with a digestive disorder, a new website is available for support. At DHA.org there are online discussion forums on the site as well as ways for those affected by chronic digestive conditions to raise much needed awareness and funds for research of FGIMDs, share your personal stories, and educate policy makers.
DHA.org was founded by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), a nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people impacted by chronic digestive conditions. The largest organization of its kind in the US, IFFGD and its grassroots counterpart, the Digestive Health Alliance, rely on donor support to fund research and provide educational resources for those affected by gastrointestinal disorders.