General Symptoms

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is discomfort or pain that occurs in your abdomen. Abdominal pain is also known as tummy, stomach, gut, or belly ache

Acid Reflux, Heartburn, GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Typical symptoms are heartburn and/or regurgitation.

Colon Cancer

Cancers that begin in the lower bowel are called colon cancers. The colon is the last 4-6 feet of your intestine, an organ that helps eliminate solid waste from your body.


In general, acute diarrhea is defined as less than 14 days in duration and chronic diarrhea is defined as more than 30 days in duration.

Dyspepsia / Indigestion

Translates to “bad digestion” and generally used as a label for persistent or recurring upper abdominal pain or discomfort

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowel movements. Stool may leak from the rectum unexpectedly when passing gas or you may have a complete loss of bowel control.

Gas and Gas Pain

Everyone has gas and the effects can be normal. Most lower intestinal gas is produced when bacteria in your colon ferment carbohydrates that aren’t digested.


Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus that may be internal (located inside the lower rectum) or external.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a condition associated with symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel function (constipation, diarrhea, or alternating pattern).

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in dairy products. You may feel cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.


Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a long, flat gland that sits tucked behind the stomach in the upper abdomen.


An ulcer is an open sore on the skin or in a mucous membrane. Ulcers that form in the stomach are peptic ulcers and in the duodenum are called duodenal ulcers.

Digestive Disease in the United States

Data for digestive diseases as a group and for specific diseases are provided in various categories. For some diseases, data do not exist in all categories. This data has been provided by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center.

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