The digestive system is huge and quite delicate. It is home to multiple diseases that not only involve the gastrointestinal tract, but also have an impact outside of it. In addition, we not only talk about the

The control of gastroenteral symptoms can be complex, as well as excessively frequent. You know that if you consume something in a bad state, it will not be long before you have diarrhea or vomiting, not only because they are classic symptoms of an enteric disease, but also because both vomiting and diarrhea are defense mechanisms of our body.

That's right, when we ingest any toxic substance (and we're not necessarily talking about poison or acid), our body naturally reacts and tries to expel it. To do this, it uses both vomiting and diarrhea, although sometimes it is not the best option.

There are several classic symptoms that may suggest the presence of a specific disease, so it is important to know our body and how it expresses itself through them.

Common Digestive Disorders

Although there are thousands of diseases, we want to guide you about the most relevant and common that can appear, speaking clearly of gastrointestinal problems. Among these we have:


It's not just "throwing up" or having diarrhea. It is a set of symptoms accompanied sometimes by fever, which usually impacts our whole body. Many times it starts as a series of continuous vomiting, but it is usually quickly accompanied by diarrhea in which mucus and blood can be seen.

This disease often causes hydro-electrolyte disorders and dehydration, which lead to more complications in the short term. Although it is sometimes caused by a virus, so its symptoms are usually not as severe, it is also likely that bacteria are behind it and antibiotics are necessary.

Biliary Disorders

Biliary colic, due to the presence of an impacted gallstone, is extremely common in obese women over the age of 40. Even so, it is likely to occur in almost anyone with an unbalanced diet.

This is a common cause of surgery, but it can become complicated and even result in necrosis of the gallbladder. Other common gallbladder diseases are cholangitis and cholecystitis.

Liver disorders

It is necessary to mention the most known hepatitis in the world, such as hepatitis B and C, but also other serotypes that cause epidemics and small outbreaks, such as serotypes A and E. In both cases, you need medical attention and a change in your lifestyle in order to recover. 

Intestinal Disorders

Of course, there are thousands of intestinal disorders that can be the cause of your stomach pain, perhaps that infrequent diarrhea you have or even your problems with constipation. Some of the chronic diseases that affect the bowel frequently, and are under-diagnosed, are the irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, etc.

Of course, there are many acute diseases that can directly attack your bowel, not only gastroenteritis, but also parasitic diseases, direct traumatic injuries, food poisoning, etc.

Common Symptoms

The only way to know when it's wrong is to know the real symptoms that something abnormal is going on with our bowels. You're not going to your doctor every time you have diarrhea, are you? The important thing is to learn to be discerning and recognize something dangerous before it gets out of hand. The most common symptoms are:

Abdominal pain: when can abdominal pain be a sign that you need medical attention? When it is too intense, has been going on for a long time, or is accompanied by some other symptoms. Mild cramping, especially associated with diarrhea, may not be of much concern. However, do not let any severe pain go under the table.

Sleepiness: What happens when you are vomiting or have a lot of diarrhea? You lose water and electrolytes. If you don't replenish them properly, or the frequency is too high, you may have mental and general commitment that often manifests itself as drowsiness. If you feel very weak or very sleepy and it is hard to think, it is better to go to the doctor.

Diarrhea: Diarrhea, conventional, is usually not of major concern. Scarce liquid stools, a little more than normal, and that's it. However, when it is accompanied by blood, fever (more than 48 hours), or is excessive, you should start to worry.

Yellowish coloring: the classic sign that your liver or gallbladder is failing is jaundice, the abnormal, yellowish coloring of your skin and the whites of your eyes. This is a sign that there is a real disorder that needs to be treated. If it is not accompanied by any symptoms, there is less than a 50% chance that it is a harmless syndrome. However, it is necessary to rule out and study all the possibilities.

Constipation: yes, constipation is also a key symptom, especially in older adults where it can tell us about cancer, and not just nutritional disorders (low fiber intake). Whatever the case, it's best to have your doctor evaluate you.

English Doctor Barcelona

There are thousands of digestive diseases and the symptoms can be confusing. Therefore, despite having the necessary tools, it is sometimes difficult to reach an accurate diagnosis. At English Doctor Barcelona we know this, which is why we have a specialized and trained staff to deal with your case with total professionalism and ensure that you reach an effective and safe diagnosis and treatment.

Moreover, during the whole process we make sure of one key point: taking care of you. Providing you with the best care is our priority. Gastrointestinal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, so we act quickly and effectively. English Doctor Barcelona, professionals at your disposal.

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