Signs of Colon Problems

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Colon problems include a wide variety of diseases, from chronic inflammation of your colon to the growth of polyps and tumors. Depending on the condition, signs of colon problems can be mild to severe and can require dietary and lifestyle changes and sometimes treatment with medications. According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, signs of colon problems include pain and changes in bowel functions.

Upset Stomach

  • Colon problems such as Celiac disease and diverticulosis can cause you to have an upset stomach, indigestion, nausea and vomiting.

Gas

  • You might have frequent gas (flatulence) as a result of colon problems, especially if you have conditions such as Crohn's disease, which can cause difficult digestion of certain foods.

Bowel Changes

  • Changes in your bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation are signs of colon problems that can range in severity.

Bleeding

  • Problems in your colon can result in bleeding within your intestines or rectum, especially if you have hemorrhoids --- the blood can appear bright red in your stool.

Pain

  • Colon problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can result in pain in your abdomen, lower back and rectum, especially during a bowel movement.

Weight Loss

  • Weight loss is a sign of colon problems that can develop as a result of problems with absorption of nutrients from your food.

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