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Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms

A symptom is something you feel. As a patient you may also refer to things you can see, this is technically referred to as a sign, however in the context of this page, we have grouped these under symptoms. Conditions and symptoms (or signs) are sometimes confused as they are all related to an ailment. Usually patients present to their doctor speaking about their symptoms, a doctor then pieces this information together with tests, investigations, scans and so on to determine your diagnosis – or underlying condition. The condition is then treated and in turn, symptoms should begin to subside.

Following is a list of common symptoms. If you are experiencing any or a combination of these, you should consult your doctor / GP for treatment – or to obtain a referral to see a specialist Gastroenterologist, at Sydney Gut Clinic. To make an appointment with any of our specialists, you can contact us or send a request via our online booking form.

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bad breath coming from the back of the mouth
  • Bleeding from the anus
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Blood in bowel movements
  • Burning sensation or acid taste in the throat
  • Change in bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Dark or tar coloured bowel movements
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling full after consuming small quantities of food
  • Feeling of gut unease with food/drinks
  • Food getting stuck when eating
  • Heartburn
  • Haemorrhoids (swollen veins in the anus)
  • Itching or irritation around the anus
  • Lethargy due to iron deficiency
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Mucus secretion from the anus
  • Pain in stomach
  • Raspy voice or sore throat and cough
  • Skin conditions and rashes
  • Stomach pain
  • Straining to pass bowel movements
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Tearing, ripping or burning during bowel movement
  • Tissue swelling or bulging around the anus
  • Vomiting after meals
  • Vomiting blood
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea that lasts more than two days
  • Weight loss (rapid or unexplained)

For Condition related information, please see Conditions

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