Due to our sedentary lifestyle, it has become very common for our stomachs to feel uncomfortable at times. But there are symptoms that should not be ignored since they could indicate more serious problems.
Here at ViralScratch, let’s explore these symptoms and get some tips on how to Keep Your Colon Healthy.
1. Abdominal pain
It can happen to all of us if we drink or eat something wrong. But if you frequently feel increasing pain in the lower abdomen, you could be suffering from some inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or cancer.
if you had constipation for more than three weeks, and if you feel pain during defecation, it might be diverticulitis, which is small inflamed pouches inside your colon, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a complicated disease in which this symptom is associated with things like bloating, pain, gas, and diarrhoea. Sometimes, a proper diet can remedy this, but if it’s ignored for a long time, it may need surgery.
if your bowel movements (or stools) are loose and watery, your colon isn’t working properly, it’s not absorbing water and other substances, and it is inflamed. Multiple colon diseases are associated with diarrhea, like diverticulitis, Irritated Bowel Syndrome, and Crohn’s disease.
If it lasts for longer than 24 hours call your doctor, he may prescribe a colonoscopy to exclude more serious diseases and cancer.
4. Blood in faeces
If there’s blood in the toilet water, or on your toilet paper, it may be inflammation. If you see dark blood, almost black, in your stool, or if you have bloody diarrhoea, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. It might be ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or in the worst case, cancer.
5. Strange faeces
Different shapes, colors, and smells of stools indicates if we are healthy. Unusual shapes such as the shape of a thin pencil can indicate cancer. Chestnut-coloured stools may indicate blood inside the digestive system, especially if it is nearly reddish-black in colour. If it is pale and oily, it may be due to the inability of the pancreas or colon to absorb the fat. Excessive mucus in the stool can indicate an infection, as in Crohn’s disease. Understanding an unusual stool error is mandatory to obtain the appropriate medication or surgery as quickly as possible
6. Intestinal gas
Too much and smelly gas means that there’s something in your colon has not worked properly(digested or absorbed),. It can be due to a lack of good bacteria, or abnormal intestinal movements, or inflammation
It’s important to understand if it’s due to eating certain foods like cabbage, cheese, prunes, pears, or if it’s a symptom of colon disease.
7. Lack of energy
We suffer from a deficiency of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. If the colon isn’t working correctly, It can make us feel tired. If you suddenly become exhausted after daily activities, it may be due to colitis or Crohn’s disease, or it could even indicate cancer.
Pay attention to the symptoms above, and don’t hesitate to see your doctor, if necessary.