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Frequently Asked Questions About Digestive Diseases

10. When Should I Call the Doctor About Digestive Problems?

You should call your health care provider if you have any of the following digestive symptoms.

  • Heartburn that persists and/or becomes more severe, or is not relieved by medication
  • A sensation of food caught in the chest or throat
  • Unusual or persistent abdominal pain
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activities
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Heartburn that causes vomiting
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Persistent hoarseness and/or a sore throat
  • Episodes of choking
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • New or persistent constipation

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 06, 2012

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