Looking for information on symptoms of bowel obstruction? You can get a small bowel obstruction and a large bowel obstruction. This guideline will go over a few common symptoms of both types of bowel obstructions. Basically, if you have a bowel obstruction, then you have some sort of blockage in either your small or large intestine. If you believe that you have a bowel obstruction, you should see a doctor immediately. Partial and complete bowel obstructions typically involve a stay in the hospital.
- Abdominal Pain. Abdominal pain is a symptom of both small and large bowel obstructions. If you have a small bowel obstruction, you may experience cramping around your belly button that comes and goes. Large bowel obstructions typically cause pain around the belly button, as well. The pain may be constant and severe if you have a large bowel obstruction.
- Vomiting. Vomiting is typically a symptom that is only present with small bowel obstructions. Your vomit may be green or brown depending on the exact location of your small bowel obstruction.
- Bloating. With small bowel obstructions, you may experience lower abdominal bloating and you may hear gurgling noises coming from your belly. If you have a large bowel obstruction, you may experience bloating around your belly button and in your pelvic area.
- Bowel Movement Problems. With a large bowel obstruction, bowel movement problems that you may experience include both diarrhea and/or constipation. Bowel movement problems that are often associated with small bowel obstructions include constipation and the inability to pass gas. If you only have a partial small bowel obstruction, you may experience diarrhea and you may be able to pass small amounts of gas.