When to Call a Doctor About Digestive Problems

Call your health care provider if you have any of the following digestive symptoms:

  • Heartburn that persists and/or becomes more severe, or requires more than a few weeks to be 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
  • A change in the kind of stools you are producing


WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on September 18, 2018


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