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Common digestive problems such as heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes daily suffering for millions and can limit a person's quality of life.

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When to seek medical advice about digestive problems

Digestive problems like constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are common with around 40% of us having at least one digestive symptom at any one time.

If symptoms are infrequent, with a likely cause, such as an upset tummy after some spicy food or heartburn after a rich meal late at night, there may be nothing to worry about. The symptoms may go away on their own or may be treated with over the counter remedies.

However, if symptoms recur or are 'red flag' symptoms, medical advice should be sought.

You should seek medical advice for any of the following digestive symptoms:

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