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Common Symptoms Of Digestive Disorders

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Common Symptoms Of Digestive Disorders

Below you can find a list of common digestive disorders symptoms that may point out a suffering of the digestive tract but it is not a general rule. Please do not hesitate and contact your doctor if you notice any of these digestive symptoms.


Inappetence is defined as poor appetite. Please note that it is not the same thing as food avoidance due to abdominal pain! Can be determined by most digestive diseases, but also occurs during infectious diseases, heart, kidney or nervous system diseases. Other appetite disorders are:

  • Anorexia or complete lack of appetite, can appear for all foods or can be selective (traditional aversion to meat in digestive cancers). Anorexia may be true (due to illness) or false (mental illness). Anorexia nervosa is a mental disorder of the patient (usually occurs in women)  restrict their food intake more in need, their causes vomiting or using laxatives to remove food intake, with a distorted perception of their body. The opposite of anorexia is hiperorexia, meaning overgrowth occurs in appetite and digestive diseases such as parasites, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, peptic ulcer.
  • Bulimia translates into food intake in large amounts that exceed the body needs in a short time followed by remorse and then vomit or taking laxatives to remove food intake. It is also a nervous disease.


Fever occurs at more than 37 degrees Celsius and must be measured when you feel the patient feel he has a fever or chills (shaking) because the doctor can make use of this kind of information. Fever value of 38 degrees Celsius is called low-grade fever and occurs in acute hepatitis or during an acutization episode of chronic hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease but also in digestive cancers. When the temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius it is typically associated with chills, and occurs in digestive infectious diseases such as appendicitis, cholecystitis, angiocolitis, acute pancreatitis.

Weight loss

Weight loss in order to have a pathological meaning, must be at least 10 kg in 6 months or more pounds quickly, in the absence of a weight loss diet or program. However, weight loss (not so pronounced) occurs during prolonged fever, diarrhea, vomiting of various causes.

Abdominal Pain

According to the abdomen region where it is located and radiating areas, corresponds to a sick organ. The doctor can be helped very much if you pay attention to pain duration, if it resembles a cramp or has a continuous nature, it occurs during the day or night, occurs after meals or before meals and what kind of food triggers it, if it stops after you eat or take a gastric dressing.


Abdomina Pain

Pain behind the breastbone when swallowing (odynophagia) is caused by esophageal motor disorders, an ulcer or esophageal cancer. If it perceived as a burn it is most likely the consequence of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease but angina pectoris can be manifested in the same way.

Chest pain (epigastric) can occur in case of hiatal hernia, gastric, colon, pancreas or gallbladder diseases. Generally, if the patient is bloated and pain is relieved after stool emission or flatulence, the colon is responsible. If the pain is relieved after food intake and gastric dressings, it is generally caused by the stomach. Typically, biliary colic pain appears right below the ribs, but may begin in the epigastrium, but the association with fever, nausea, bilious vomiting makes the diagnosis clearer. Pancreatic pain occurs after fat and alcohol abuse and radiates into the spinal colum.

Pain right below the ribs (right hypochondrium) is usually characteristic for the gallbladder, especially if the pain radiates in the right shoulder. In other cases it can be caused by pleurisy, pneumonia of the right lung, colon cancer, irritable bowel or kidney disease. In addition, sometimes it is the case of pain caused by a herniated disc or intercostal neuralgia, which makes very difficult to detect exactly where the pain originates and where it radiates.

Pain around the navel (the area around the navel) occurs in IBS and infectious enteritis.

Pain in the left part of th abdomen below the ribs may be due gas accumulated in the left colon, irritable bowel syndrome but also tumors of the colon splenic angle, diseases of the spleen, left kidney, left lung and pleura.

Pain felt below the navel, above the pubis (hypogastrium) is produced either by the small intestine or colon chances (or irritable bowel disease) or gynecological, prostate or bladder problems. Sometimes pain can occur as a knife or lightning inside the rectum (proctalgia), the manifestation of irritable bowel and rectum cancer.