While abdominal pain is not always a serious health concern, you should be examined by a GI doctor if you are experiencing severe, persistent pain.
Rectal bleeding may or may not be caused by a serious health condition, but it should always be reported to your GI doctor as a precautionary measure.
Bloating, caused by excess gas or fluids in the GI tract, is an extremely common symptom, but it can be relieved with small changes and treatment.
Blood in the Stool
Blood in your stool is a sign of bleeding somewhere in your digestive system and should always be reported to your gastrointestinal specialist.
Fecal (or bowel) incontinence is a common symptom that can disrupt daily life, but it's manageable with the right treatment from your GI provider.
Most people deal with occasional constipation (fewer than three bowel movements in a week), but serious constipation may signal a health problem.
Diarrhea, described as loose, watery bowel movements, affects the majority of people from time to time, but dire symptoms may indicate a larger issue.
Difficulty swallowing may occur as a result of long-term acid reflux scarring, allergic reactions, a partial block in the esophagus, and more.
Whether it is caused by swallowing air or created by the bacteria in your body, gas can lead to an uncomfortable feeling and unpleasant odors.
Heartburn is a fiery feeling in the chest (along with pain and an acidic taste) that may occur after certain meals or when bending over or lying down.
Indigestion causes uncomfortable feelings like nausea, gas, or bloating after meals. Frequent or severe indigestion should be reviewed by a GI doctor.
Nausea is a symptom that makes you feel a need to vomit, and prolonged or severe nausea may signal an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.
Unexplained Weight Gain/Loss
Unexplained changes in weight — both gains and losses — could be symptomatic of an underlying condition and should be examined by a GI physician.
Vomiting is your body's natural way of expelling threats, but you should talk to a gastroenterologist if vomiting episodes are severe or frequent.
Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes
Certain disorders and conditions can cause the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow, signaling the need for immediate diagnosis and treatment.