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Symptoms of motility disorders can vary greatly depending on the source and severity of the disorder. Common symptoms usually include:

  • Gas – Slow-moving muscles can create gas and bloating in the abdomen.
  • Severe constipation – Motility disorders can keep stool from moving through bowels.
  • Diarrhea – Muscle cramping may also cause diarrhea.
  • Abdominal distention – Excess gas and fluid caused by motility disorders can make the stomach bloat.
  • Bowel obstruction – Individuals with motility disorders may experience frequent bowel obstructions.

Symptoms of achalasia, a rare but serious motility disorder, include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Feeling like food is stuck in the throat
  • Coughing during meals
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Intense pain after eating

Learn more about achalasia.


Symptoms of GERD include:

  • Frequent heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry cough
  • Asthma symptoms

Learn more about GERD.


Common symptoms of gastroparesis include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Feeling full after a few bites
  • Acid reflux
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Weight loss

Learn more about gastroparesis symptoms.

If you suspect you have a motility disorder, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist and start managing your symptoms. Request an appointment with Temple Health today.