Symptoms, Conditions & Procedures

GI Symptoms

Abdominal Pain

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/Rectal Bleeding

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

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.

Difficulty Swallowing

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.