Bloating Problems: 8 Common Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
Having a digestive disorder can have a significant impact on your daily life. Having a structural or functional problem in your digestive system can lead to severe pain, reduced quality of life, and daily restrictions for work, travel, and more.
Digestive disorders have many causes and are associated with multiple symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms that may indicate a digestive disorder. These are early indicators that something might be wrong.
Sometimes, people can feel bloated simply because they’ve eaten too much or because they’ve had too much alcohol. Having a lot of salt can also make you feel bloated. However, if this is a persistent problem and you often feel full and your stomach often appears swollen, it may be a sign of a digestive disorder. The bloating might be caused by a build-up of food, fluid, or gas in the small intestine.
Constipation might be temporary in nature and may be caused by the use of antibiotics, certain vitamins, changes in your diet, and other common reasons. However, if you’re often constipated, having three or fewer bowel movements in a week or having hard, dry, and small bowel movements on a recurring basis, it could be a sign of a bigger issue at play.
Everyone has diarrhea, or watery stools, every once in a while. More often than not, this is not a symptom of a serious disease. However, if you have persistent diarrhea that doesn’t clear up in a day or two, it could be a cause for concern, indicating a serious digestive condition that requires medical attention.
Incontinence in the form of a leakage of feces from the bowel due to poor bowel control may be caused by some medications. However, it can also be a sign of a digestive disorder, such as celiac disease.
5. Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, from the simple flu or food poisoning to cancer or kidney stones. They’re also telltale signs of digestive conditions, such as gastroenteritis, gastritis, gastroparesis, ulcers, or an obstruction of the intestine. Seek medical assistance if vomiting and nausea persist.
Bleeding is a serious symptom that can indicate the presence of a digestive problem. If there is blood in your vomit, it can indicate bleeding in the upper area of the digestive system, while blood in stool indicates bleeding in the lower part of the digestive system. Colon polyps, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and peptic ulcers can all cause GI bleeding.
7. Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain indicating a potential digestive disorder can take many forms. It can refer to pain anywhere from your chest to your groin. It can come in waves or feel like cramps. The intensity may vary. It can be general or localized. Either way, it’s painful and, if it persists for more than a day or two, you should seek medical attention. It is a symptom associated with the majority of digestive disorders.
8. Weight Changes
Unexpected weight loss or weight gain with no apparent reason may also be a result of poor digestion caused by a disorder. Weight changes may indicate that you are unable to absorb certain nutrients, and they could be a serious warning sign of a medical condition.
If you have one or more of these symptoms and they persist or recur, it may be time to visit your doctor. Your physician may suggest a colonoscopy, endoscopy, or ultrasound to test for digestive problems that may be causing your symptoms. Diagnosing and treating a digestive condition early on can help you get back to your life.