What diseases can affect the large intestine?
Many disorders can affect the large intestine or colon, including:
- Chronic diarrhea.
- Colon (colorectal) cancer.
- Colonic dismotility.
- Crohn’s disease (Inflammatory bowel disease)
- Fecal incontinence — accidental stool leaks/pelvic floor disorders.
- Intestinal ischemia.
What diseases affect the small intestine?
The common conditions that can affect the small intestine include Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, bowel obstructions, small bacterial overgrowth, and irritable bowel syndrome. Other, more rare conditions can also affect the small bowel, such as cancer.
Why does the large intestine hurt?
Pain that’s located in the large intestine or colon may be caused by constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, diverticular disease, or colorectal cancer.
How do you know if your intestines are damaged?
Symptoms of acute intestinal ischemia Sudden abdominal pain that may be mild, moderate or severe. An urgent need to have a bowel movement. Frequent, forceful bowel movements. Abdominal tenderness or distention.
Where is large intestine pain felt?
Due to the colon’s winding path through the abdomen, a person may feel colon pain in several different areas. For example, some may have general abdominal pain, while others may feel pain in a specific spot. People may also feel pain in the area of the rectum, just above the anus.
What happens if the large intestine is not working properly?
A bowel blockage can stop blood flow, causing part of the intestine to die. As pressure builds up from the blockage, intestinal bacteria can leak into the bloodstream. You may develop peritonitis, an abdominal infection. You are also at risk for a life-threatening system-wide infection called sepsis.
What are symptoms of intestinal problems?
The first sign of problems in the digestive tract often includes one or more of the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Pain in the belly.
How do you know if you have an infection in your intestines?
Gastrointestinal infections can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic. No matter the cause, the symptoms are unpleasant and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and nausea. Most infections will resolve on their own, but if a person has symptoms of dehydration or other complications, they should see a doctor.