What other symptoms might occur with stomach problems?

Stomach problems may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Stomach problems are often related to the digestive system, but may also be related to other body systems.

Digestive tract symptoms that may occur along with stomach problems

Stomach problems may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Belching
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Urgent need to pass stool

Other symptoms that may occur along with stomach problems

Stomach problems may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Cough
  • Enlarged liver and glands such as the spleen and lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pain, numbness or tingling
  • Palpable mass in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • Rash
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, stomach problems may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bleeding while pregnant
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, or palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Inability to have bowel movements, especially if accompanied by vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Rigidity of the abdomen
  • Seizure
  • Severe abdominal pain or sharp abdominal pain that comes on suddenly
  • Trauma to the abdomen, pelvis or testicles
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding, or bloody stool
INTRODUCTION

What are stomach problems?

Conditions that affect digestion or cause pain or discomfort in the abdomen are often perceived and described as stomach problems, although the stomach may not always be involved. Most stomach problems are related to the digestive tract, although symptoms may also be due to conditions of the body wall, blood vessels, urinary tract, reproductive organs, or organs of the chest.... Read more about stomach problemsintroduction

CAUSES

What causes stomach problems?

Stomach problems often originate in the digestive tract, although they can be due to disorders of the circulatory system, urinary tract, reproductive system, respiratory system, nervous system, or body wall.... Read more about stomach problemscauses

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