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When to Call a Doctor About Digestive Problems

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

  • Your heartburn persists and/or becomes more severe.
  • You have the sensation of food caught in your chest or throat.
  • You have unusual or persistent abdominal pain.
  • Your discomfort interferes with your lifestyle or daily activities.
  • You have difficulty swallowing or have pain when swallowing.
  • Your heartburn is not relieved by medication or causes you to vomit.
  • You vomit blood.
  • You have bloody or black stools.
  • You have lost a significant amount of weight.
  • You have persistent hoarseness and/or sore throat.
  • You have episodes of choking.
  • You have persistent diarrhea.
  • You have new or persistent constipation.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 06, 2012

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