2. Pale Stool
Stool that appears ghostly pale can be just as alarming as stool that is black or bloody. Alert your physician if you pass pale or clay-colored stool, as this can be an indication of serious disease. According to Medline Plus, pale stool can indicate problems with your biliary system. This body system includes the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. Medline Plus lists hepatitis, biliary cirrhosis, tumors of the biliary system, and gallstones as possible causes of pale bowel movements. Your physician may use liver function tests, ultrasounds, or a CT scan to diagnose the issue.
1. Frequent Fevers
Persistent or recurring fevers are a sign that your body is working to fight off an infection. When the stomach or GI tract are involved, fever is usually accompanied by stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection, caused by a virus, that irritates and inflames the lining of the digestive tract. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center lists rotavirus, norovirus, and adenovirus as viruses that commonly cause gastroenteritis. Bacteria can also cause infections of the stomach and GI tract. Bacterial gastroenteritis may be contracted by consuming tainted food.