If you’ve always had digestive issues, you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or you’re just using to having a sensitive stomach, you may start to overlook digestion-related symptoms, chalking it up to just not having a great system. And while occasional constipation and bloat can come with the territory of a finicky stomach, there are some symptoms that should never be overlooked, and should always be reported to a doctor. And there are many, many reasons why, depending on the symptom. Some can be signs of something serious. Some can be signs of a change within your body—like a new chronic condition or food sensitivity. And some are just so painful that, even if they aren’t indicative of something serious, nobody should have to live with them. Here are digestive changes you should report to your doctor.
If you vomit a handful of times within a couple of days and can point to food poisoning or perhaps over-imbibing as the cause, that is probably no cause for concern. But if vomiting lasts more than a couple of days, see a doctor. Vomiting can be a sign of infection, gallbladder disease, kidney infection, sensitivity to medication, and other serious conditions.