Abdominal pain is described as a localized pain or general discomfort found between the chest and pelvis that can accompany various GI conditions.
Anal bleeding, also known as rectal bleeding, presents when GI conditions such as hemorrhoids or anal ulcers cause blood to emerge from the rectum.
Bloating is a symptom that presents as an accumulation of gas in the digestive tract or fluid retention in the abdomen due to various GI conditions.
Blood in the Stool
Blood in the stool is a sign that somewhere within the digestive tract a bleed is occurring, which will require an evaluation to determine the source.
Bowel incontinence is the inability to maintain control over one’s bowel movements; severity can range from stool leakage to complete loss of control.
Constipation, a common GI symptom, is described as difficulty moving stool through the digestive tract due to it becoming excessively dry or hard.
Diarrhea presents as loose, watery stools occurring more than three times daily. Prolonged diarrhea may be an indication of a more serious condition.
Various conditions may cause difficulty swallowing, often described as having a hard time moving foods and liquids from the esophagus to the stomach.
Heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, is a symptom that may intensify during certain activities, such as lying down, eating, or bending over.
Indigestion presents as pain or discomfort in the upper abdominal area often felt after consuming food. This pain may accompany a feeling of fullness.
Nausea is a feeling in the stomach that gives someone the urge to throw up. This unpleasant feeling is a common symptom of various GI conditions.
Unexplained Weight Gain/Loss
An unexpected weight gain or loss is a significant change to one’s weight when no attempt at change is made, which may indicate an underlying issue.
Vomiting is your body's natural response after ingesting something that may be a threat, leading to the forceful expulsion of the stomach’s contents.
Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes
Yellowing of the skin and eyes is a GI symptom where high levels of bilirubin cause a yellowish hue to form in the whites of the eyes and on the skin.