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Why Would You Need to See a Gastroenterologist?

February 6, 2018

Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologists are trained to examine and manage issues relating to digestion. Having any kind of pain in the belly could be a warning sign that something is wrong; therefore, it is important to see a doctor to rule out any serious problems and get treated for conditions that affect the digestive tract. If you notice any of these symptoms, you might want to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful or burning sensation in the chest or throat that occurs when acid backs up into the esophagus. The pain can come and go, but if it occurs more than twice a week, it could indicate a more serious problem.

Gallstones

Gallstones are small, hard objects that form in the gallbladder and can cause sudden pain on the right side of your abdomen. They often form in obese people and pregnant women, but anyone can suffer from a gallstone. If you are experiencing pain, see a doctor to determine if you have gallstones or some other condition.

Bloated Belly

If your pants are suddenly feeling too tight or you’ve noticed that your belly has been unusually bloated for a few days, you might have a stomach issue. Bloating paired with other symptoms, like abdominal pain or blood in the stool, indicates it might be time to call a doctor. The cause could be a simple digestion problem or something else that requires treatment.

Weight Loss

Suddenly finding yourself losing pounds without trying to could be a warning sign. A gastroenterologist can conduct a full examination to make sure there aren’t any problems with your colon, pancreas, stomach and other areas that could explain the weight loss.

Vomiting

Vomiting could be the sign of an allergic reaction, intolerance to certain foods, food poisoning, or a serious condition of your digestive tract or other areas of your body. If you experience nausea or vomiting that doesn’t seem like a one-time occurrence, contact a gastroenterologist who can help you rule out serious problems.

Fatigue

Having low energy can be a sign of many things. It could mean your body isn’t properly absorbing food and nutrients or that you are anemic. A gastroenterologist can help address issues like iron deficiency and celiac disease, which could be causing your fatigue.

If you are experiencing any physical symptoms or discomfort, visit our website to schedule an appointment right away.