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Should I talk to my doctor about my dyspepsia symptoms?

Although dyspepsia in and of itself can seem a common and relatively harmless, if annoying, condition, it should not be ignored. This is especially true of symptoms lasting longer than two weeks. Seek a doctor's attention immediately if you experience signs of severe intestinal distress such as extended periods of loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, bloody stools, or nausea and vomiting. Other warning signs that should have you heading to a doctor are weight loss or jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes. Your initial consultation will most likely be with your family practitioner or a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in digestive issues.

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