What other symptoms might occur with bowel problems?

Bowel problems cause a number of different symptoms, depending upon the exact cause.

Common intestinal symptoms of bowel problems

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Absent bowel sounds
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Inability to defecate or pass gas
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Bowel problems may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Other symptoms that may occur along with bowel problems

Bowel problems may accompany other symptoms affecting general health and wellness including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Developmental delays and failure to thrive
  • Fever and chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor quality of life
  • Weakness (loss of strength)
  • Skin and hair conditions
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, continuous diarrhea that may occur with bowel problems can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening, dehydration. Other serious symptoms may occur. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Fever and chills
  • Inability to defecate or pass gas
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding or bloody stool


What are bowel problems?

Bowel problems comprise a number of different illnesses or abnormalities that affect the gastrointestinal tract. These include intestinal obstruction, structural abnormalities of the bowel, celiac disease, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease ( Read more about bowel problemsintroduction


What causes bowel problems?

Bowel problems have a wide variety of causes, including structural abnormalities, infections, inflammations, surgical complications, medication use, and lifestyle factors such as diet.

Structural causes of bowel problems

Structural abnormalities of the bowel can be present at birth, acquired throughout life, or those caused by surgery. Examples include:

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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