People tend to be more reserved when it comes to bowel condition, but if there is a problem with it, it is very important health concern. Any disorders or conditions in your bowel can affect your daily life and further your general health. Many people may attribute symptoms like constipation or diarrhea as irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that affects about 15% people in the US and can be quickly treated. However, sometimes some digestive symptoms deserve more attention, as they can lead to more serious condition.
What Digestive Symptoms to Be Aware Of
Your bowel condition can signify something more serious about your health. If you experience these digestive symptoms, do not dismiss them as simply irritable bowel syndrome or some condition that will pass soon:
- Any form of rectal bleeding. This signifies serious condition, whatever it looks like. It can be small bleeding or severe bleeding, leaving black or red blood on your toilet tissue/closet/underpants.
- Blood in your stool. Be aware if you find blood in your stool, whether it is red, black, or accompanied with really uncharacteristic bad odor.
- Abdominal pain and/or vomiting for more than two days. Some light sickness may prompt you to vomit or feel uncomfortable in your stomach, but if the vomit and/or abdominal pain do not stop until more than two days despite any medication consumption, you should go to the doctor.
- Lack of appetite that is persistent. While some people who have irritable bowel syndrome often refuse to eat because their stomachs become upset, persistent lack of appetite that lasts for days may indicate something else. Plus, it really affects your health and energy level.
- Any symptoms of bowel distress that abruptly change, such as from constipation to diarrhea, especially if they happen persistently for days.
- Any similar symptoms with the above (all or several) that happen after you eat something uncharacteristic. These can signify food poisoning, which is something that you need to be aware of.
Never underestimate signals your stomach and digestive system give; you probably have some serious health conditions shown by those symptoms.
Other Symptoms to Know
Whenever you experience those abovementioned symptoms, or even the milder versions, you need to be aware if they come with other symptoms that indicate something serious. Those symptoms can be fever, muscle pain, stiff neck, rash, and other symptoms that do not come from bowel distress but happen at the same time. Sometimes, there are some symptoms that really incapacitating such as fever as high as 102 F degree, dizziness or anemia, and even difficulty in breathing. Pain and burning sensation when urinating can also indicate serious problem, especially if it happens together with digestive symptoms.
Also, be careful if those serious digestive symptoms happen after you are 50, since they can be sign of condition such as colon cancer. This is because colon cancer risk increases significantly with age. In the end, make sure to never underestimate digestive symptoms, and contact your doctor immediately.