Warning Signs That You May Have Colon Issues

· April 1, 2017
Certain digestive symptoms could be normal, but they could also endager your health. Read more about possible colon issues.

In its advanced stages, colon cancer displays chronic symptoms that include changes in the intestinal activity and abdominal pain. Here, we’ll tell you about the warning signs of colon issues so you can catch it early and treat it appropriately.

Irritable bowel syndrome: what you should know

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Colon issues affect more than a quarter of people and that number is rising.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is most common in women and isn’t just associated with diet, but also stress, anxiety, and fear.

This condition is included in the group called “functional gastrointestinal disorders,” where you can also find constipation and indigestion.

These are all characterized by chronic symptoms and often appear when the injury is already quite advanced and serious.

Colon problems can appear in young adults (under 45 years old). In addition, your daily habits can improve or worsen the situation:

  • For example, foods like leafy greens, legumes, and plums can actually worsen the situation.
  • Dairy and citrus fruits also shouldn’t be consumed in excess.
  • You could say that you should take any food that causes gas out of your diet, such as cabbage or beans.

On the other hand, foods rich in fiber and protein can always help:

  • A good example of a healthy diet is the Mediterranean diet, which incorporates a lot of fish, olive oil, and tomatoes.
  • It’s also necessary to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to reduce intestinal irritation, help move food along, and avoid constipation.
  • Of course, exercise is also essential for improving intestinal activity and for reducing stress or anxiety.

Psychological factors can also play a part in altering digestive movement and sensitivity. Therefore, you’re more likely to have intestinal issues if you’re stressed, nervous, worried, etc.

Some other causes of colon issues include:

  • Severe stomach flu
  • Food allergies
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal changes

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Symptoms of colon issues

We often associate these signs with other conditions like indigestion, having eaten a big meal, or just a busy and stressful everyday life.

However, you should be very careful when these symptoms appear more than once a week and turn into a rule, not the exception:

1. Abdominal pain

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This pain is located in the lower part of your belly and the pain feels like stomach cramps. In other words, it’s sharp and oppressive.

Abdominal pain starts mild and then the intensity grows (moderate and then gets very bad).

This symptom tends to last for 2 hours or less and feels better upon having a bowel movement.

The beginning of this pain coincides with the feeling of having to go to the bathroom, or with changes in the frequency of bowel movements or consistency of the stool.

It can also be related to the consumption of a particular food.

2. Issues with intestinal movement

These can appear as diarrhea or constipation, or even a combination of the two. You will also have a distended belly and a lot of gas.

As a result of these issues, you could have the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement or see mucus in your stool.

3. Digestive problems

Frequent nausea and vomiting can be more warning signs of colon problems, as well as a burning feeling.

Another indicator that is worth keeping in mind is not feeling full after eating a meal that should fill you.

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Warning signs of colon cancer

While colon issues can be treated with a good diet and by reducing stress, you should also rule out more serious illnesses like cancer.

Some symptoms of colon cancer are:

1. Abdominal cramps

These are common after eating a lot.

However, when they occur for extended periods of time without other symptoms and increase in intensity; it could be colon cancer.

2. Fatigue

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It’s true that it’s normal in today’s world to be tired.

However, it’s a warning sign when no matter how much you sleep or what kind of activity you do during the day, you’re always sluggish, lethargic, and sleepy.

3. Unexplained weight loss

If you’re not on a diet and haven’t changed how you eat but are still losing weight, you may have colon issues and you should see a doctor.

Losing at least 5% of your body weight in 6 months is a sign that something isn’t right.

Cancer cells use stored fat to grow and your immune system burns more calories when it’s fighting something.

4. Changes in stool

The appearance of blood or changes in stool color, size, or shape is a sign that you shouldn’t ignore.

You should also watch out for these changes if you have polyps in your intestine since they can become cancerous with time.

Cancer, C. (2017). Colon Cancer. Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199664535.003.0012