Digestive Disorders
Common Symptoms
Do I need to see a doctor?

Do I need to see a doctor?

Digestive symptoms are often relatively harmless and do not need to be treated. However, many people with symptoms suggestive of digestive disorders do not know they require medical attention. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see your physician

  • Heartburn that persists and/or becomes more severe
  • A sensation of food caught in the chest or throat
  • Unusual or persistent abdominal pain
  • Abdominal pain that increases when you eat
  • Localized abdominal pain
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activities or with sleep
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Heartburn that is not relieved with over the counter antacids
  • Heartburn that causes vomiting
  • Persistent vomiting or vomiting of blood
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Pain when having a bowel movement
  • Dramatic or unintended weight loss
  • Persistent hoarseness and/or a sore throat
  • Episodes of choking
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • New or persistent constipation
  • Unexplained fatigue

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