Everyone experiences digestive problems from time to time, including heartburn, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and bloating, among others. For most people, these are short-lived (acute) and mild. If your symptoms are severe and/or persistent, you should see your health care provider.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:
Persistent nausea and vomiting
Severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen
Skin that appears yellow
Swelling of the abdomen
Not sure if you need to see a health care provider? The Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker can help you determine if an appointment is needed.
Colon cancer screening
Experts recommend starting colon cancer screening at the age of 45 for people who are at average risk. People with an increased risk should be screened sooner. Talk to our Gastroenterology team to understand your risks and screening options.
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