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Gastrointestinal Disease Discussion

For this assignment, you will be placed (virtually) in a real-world scenario that occurs in work settings. Please read the following description of the authentic performance task and complete the requirements as described in the scenario.

Write a 1500 word essay addressing each of the following points/questions. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each part. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least three (3) citations in your essay. Make sure to reference the citations using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page do not count towards the minimum word amount.

Scenario (Page 588)

A 26-year-old woman in graduate school visits the family physician because for the past 3–4 months she has been experiencing gnawing pains in her upper-middle abdomen. When you ask her what seems to precipitate the pain, she is unable to say for sure. She says she feels the best in the early morning before eating. As the day progresses, she usually feels worse and takes Mylanta or Milk of Magnesia to relieve the pain. Sometimes, her pain is accompanied by severe diarrhea, and she has been tired, weak, and nauseous. In response to your question about stress, she tells you she is under extreme stress because she is preparing to defend her thesis for her Ph.D. She has been smoking more cigarettes than usual and drinking 6–8 cups of coffee each morning. In the evening, she often has a few glasses of wine to help her relax.

Critical thinking Questions

  1. Based on this patient’s complaints, lifestyle, and use of OTC medications, what do you expect may be the cause of her initial complaint of upper-middle abdomen pain and her symptoms of fatigue, weakness, and nausea?
  2. What diagnostic tests do you anticipate the physician ordering and for what possible diagnoses?
  3. Instead of OTC antacids, what are the other choices for this patient to relieve her symptoms? Is there a class of medications you think might be the better choice for her? If so, what and why?
  4. What type of teaching would you give the patient to better manage her problems?

Note: Provide at least one additional resource in addition to the textbook to answer the question.

Research Question

Research one of the diseases related to the assigned reading this week and answer the following questions: Identify disease, cause, risk factors, screening and prevention, signs, symptoms and complications, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management/lifestyle changes. You must include a minimum of 2 outside resources besides the textbook


For the Reserch question you can write about any disease that affect Gastrointestinal, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal system of the body

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