Abdominal pain can be caused by a range of conditions, from benign illnesses like the stomach flu to more severe conditions like colon cancer.
Anal/rectal bleeding can be caused by many factors and will be treated based on severity and can be a sign of a GI condition like an ulcer or polyps.
Bloating is a common GI symptom that could be caused by a number of factors; if it is persistent, it could be a sign of a more serious condition.
Blood in the Stool
Blood in your stool is an indication that bleeding is occurring at some point in your GI tract; this symptom should always be addressed by a provider.
Bowel incontinence is described when an individual is unable to control their stools completely or in small amounts when passing gas.
Constipation occurs when a stool becomes too dry or hard to pass, resulting in fewer than three bowel movements each week.
Diarrhea is described as loose stools that occur more frequently than normal; if it is persistent, it could be a sign of other GI conditions like IBS.
Difficulty swallowing could be a sign of a more serious condition, like a food allergy or GERD. It is important to consult a provider for treatment.
Heartburn is described as a burning pain in your chest; chronic heartburn can be a sign of a more serious GI condition, like GERD.
Indigestion often causes discomfort in your upper abdomen along with feelings of queasiness, bloating, belching, or early fullness during a meal.
Nausea is the queasy feeling in your stomach that makes you feel like you are going to be sick; persistent nausea may be a sign of another condition.
Unexplained Weight Gain/Loss
Unexplained weight loss or gain describes a sudden, unintentional increase or decrease of weight and is often a sign of a more severe problem.
Vomiting is your body's way of protecting you from a perceived threat; consistent bouts of vomiting could be a sign of a serious issue.
Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes
Yellowing of the skin and eyes typically occurs in adults if a larger problem is present like liver disease, bile duct obstruction, or cholecystitis.