Should I talk to my doctor about my digestive disease symptoms?

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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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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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