Abdominal pain is a very common gastrointestinal symptom and may refer to any manner of ache or discomfort occurring between the chest and pelvis.
Anal or rectal bleeding is the occurrence of blood passing through the anus, usually from a source further inside the rectum or lower colon.
Bloating refers to an uncomfortable, full feeling in the abdomen and is caused by gas or fluid retention, sometimes as a result of GI problems.
Blood in the Stool
Light or dark blood appearing in your stool is a sign that your GI tract is bleeding and needs attention from a professional gastroenterologist.
Bowel incontinence is a symptom in which an individual loses control of their bowels, from minor leaks when coughing to a total loss of control.
Constipation occurs when your stool becomes too dried out and solidified to easily pass and may be a sign of a health issue if it happens frequently.
Diarrhea (the occurrence of loose, runny stools) is a common GI symptom, but persistent or extreme cases may be a sign of issues in your GI tract.
You might have difficulty swallowing food or drinks as a result of muscle issues, esophagitis, an allergic reaction, or a host of other GI disorders.
Heartburn describes the sensation of heat in the chest that some individuals might feel when bending, lying down, or after eating certain foods.
Indigestion is a broad term describing various feelings of fullness or discomfort in the abdomen. It is often benign but may signal a GI condition.
Nausea is an ill feeling in your stomach that makes you feel like you need to throw up, with extreme cases sometimes being a sign of a GI disorder.
Unexplained Weight Gain/Loss
You should always consult a doctor if you experience unexpected weight loss or gain, as it may be a sign of an underlying GI health problem.
Vomiting is normally how your body tries to expel an invader or a harmful substance, but you should consult a GI doctor if it's constant or severe.
Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes
Yellowing of the eyes and skin is a symptom in which the skin and whites of the eyes take on a yellow appearance as a result of an underlying problem.