When to seek medical advice about digestive problems
Constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are common digestive problems. In most cases, these get better on their own or with home care.
If symptoms keep coming back or are 'red flag' symptoms, medical advice should be sought.
You should seek medical advice for any of the following digestive symptoms:
- Your heartburn persists and/or becomes more severe.
- You have the sensation of food caught in your chest or throat.
- You have unusual or persistent abdominal pain.
- Your discomfort interferes with your lifestyle or daily activities.
- You have difficulty swallowing or have pain when swallowing.
- Your heartburn is not relieved by medication or causes you to vomit.
- You vomit blood.
- You have bloody or black stools.
- You have lost a significant amount of weight.
- You have persistent hoarseness and/or a sore throat.
- You have episodes of choking.
- You have persistent diarrhoea.
- You have new or persistent constipation.