10 Symptoms of an Intestinal Obstruction

From the time you eat something until the time it exits your body as waste, it goes through an insane process that most people don’t realize. There are multiple feet of the digestive tract called intestines, not to mention the bowel (colon), and that’s not counting the stomach and everything that happens there to break food down, separate it, and send it on its way as a waste product. Because there is so much plumbing in the human body, intestinal obstructions (called blockages) can occur in some people. Generally speaking, it usually only happens in people who have trauma from things like hernias or Crohn’s disease or diverticulitis. Though it can also happen in healthy people, given certain conditions. Here are some signs that you might be dealing with an obstruction.

1. Constipation

Constipation could be nothing but a lack of water in your bowel and so the waste won’t move through. It could be a side effect of a pain medication. There are all sorts of different things that could lead you to become constipated. Though if this is a problem that persists and you cannot find relief from the issue, then you may be dealing with an obstruction that’s keeping the waste from moving down the tract to be expelled. So be very aware if you’re unable to have a bowel movement at all.

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