4 signs it’s time to see a GI provider

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We all get an upset stomach, heartburn, or other digestive problems every once in a while. But if your symptoms aren’t going away, are getting worse, or are impacting your quality of life – you don’t have to suffer any longer. Here are 4 additional signs it may be time to see a GI provider.

1. Rectal bleeding

If you find blood when you wipe, it’s a sign that you should see a doctor, as it could be hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or more serious conditions such as IBD, ulcers, or colon cancer.

2. Weight loss

Losing weight without changing your daily habits can be a sign of digestive issues. Symptoms such as nausea and belly pain can make you less interested in eating or may be a sign of inflammation in your digestive system.

3. Trouble swallowing

Difficulty swallowing, called dysphagia, can be related to esophageal problems, such as GERD, or more serious health conditions and should be addressed right away.

4. General worsening of symptoms

If you notice your digestive symptoms are worsening over time or are flaring, don’t try to just suffer through or treat it yourself. Talk to a GI provider and see what recommendations can help you get back on track.

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