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Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging

The esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus are all included in the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. An individual may bleed from any part of the GI tract, but the bleeding can be sometimes so small that it can only be seen in a lab test.

The signs and symptoms of bleeding in the digestive tract will depend on where it is and how much bleeding is present.

Signs and Symptoms

Bleeding is the number one sign of a GI tract hemorrhaging, and recognizing where the bleeding occurs can help greatly in treating the condition.

Common signs, when the affected area is located in the digestive upper tract:

  • The vomit may contain bright red blood
  • The vomit will have coffee-ground like appearance
  • Black tarry stool
  • The stool will contain dark blood

Sings if the bleeding is in the lower digestive tract:

  • Black tarry stool
  • The stool will contain dark blood
  • The stool may contain bright red blood

Because the individual may also experience abdominal pain, the associated symptoms may be with blood loss include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath

The Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging is not a diagnosis itself, but rather a symptom of a disease. The following are some of the reasons, why GI bleeding occurs. That’s right, GI bleeding is a symptom of the following medical condition such as hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, tears of inflammation in the esophagus, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, colonic polyps, or cancer in the colon stomach or esophagus.

Although there are several diagnostic tests to confirm the occurrence of a GI bleeding, endoscopy is the most common test used to determine the symptoms.

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If you think you are suffering from Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).