Constipation: When to Call Your Doctor
Most of the time, making healthy changes to your diet and exercise habits will smooth out any digestive woes. But if you've tried these tips for three weeks and haven't noticed a change, talk with your doctor. He or she may suggest short-term use of a laxative to help retrain your system. You should also call your doctor right away if you notice blood in your stool, have abdominal pain, or lose weight without trying.