A doctor can help with many of the symptoms of digestive diseases. Some symptoms can indicate more serious problems, and should be evaluated by a doctor. If you or your child experience bloody stool or rectal bleeding, severe or sudden abdominal pain, severe abdominal cramps, fever, heartburn that antacids do not relieve, sudden difference in bowel movements, severe vomiting, difficulty breathing, bloating that lasts for more than two days, have pain between the shoulder blades with nausea, or sudden weight loss, you should see your doctor right away. Also, if you are currently being treated for cancer, have had injury to the abdomen, are pregnant or could be pregnant, have a burning sensation when urinating, persistent diarrhea, or prolonged poor appetite, call your doctor.
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Should I talk to my doctor about my digestive disease symptoms?
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What can cause changes in the shape of my stool?
Robynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredInsufficient fiber in the diet, diverticulosis, bowel spasm or excessive straining are common causes of a change in stool shape. Diverticulosis causes pothole-like craters in the lining of the colon, as well as a narrowing of the internal diameter of the colon due to wall thickening. The result is narrow, pellet-like stools that often fall apart in the bowl and can be difficult to expel. Other associated symptoms of diverticulosis include a dull ache in the lower abdomen, a feeling of incomplete evacuation even though you may be having multiple bowel movements, and lots of gas and bloating. Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, masses in the abdomen or tumors in other organs, like the ovaries or bladder, can cause thin stools due to external compression of the colon. Colon cancer definitely needs to be excluded by a colonoscopy in anyone experiencing new onset of pencil-thin stools, which can occur as a tumor gets larger and grows inward, reducing the colonic diameter.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What are some effects of too much acid in the body?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredAn overly acidic system can wreak havoc not just on your digestive system but also your bones and skin. How so? Bad bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment, and in order for the body to maintain its preferred pH of about 7.4, it will remove calcium from the bone to alkalinize itself.
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