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Digestive Problems

Many people suffer from short term stomach problems, and they are usually nothing to worry about. However, if you have persistent digestive problems which keep returning or severe abdominal pain, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

There are many different types of stomach and digestive problems, with varying causes. You might be experiencing nausea, have difficulty going to the toilet or have an ongoing tummy ache. Whatever stomach issue you have, you probably don’t want to leave the house when feeling unwell. See a doctor from the comfort of your own home with an online consultation.

Common symptoms of stomach problems

Whether you have a short bout of food poisoning or an ongoing digestive disorder such as IBS, you’re likely to suffer from some of these symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation

If you’ve been suffering with these symptoms for more than a few days, it is recommended to speak to a doctor.

What causes digestive problems?

There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing a stomach ache or other digestive issues. Some viruses and bugs can cause nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting, and usually clear up themselves within a week. Stomach ache can be caused by indigestion, trapped wind or constipation, and you can usually speak to your pharmacist about these issues. If you have recurring digestive problems then you should see a GP and explain your symptoms, as there might be an underlying issue.

Treating stomach problems

Your GP will need to identify the digestive problem before giving any treatment. If you have a bug or viral infection, you may not need any prescription medication as the symptoms should ease on their own. For other ongoing issues, a doctor may recommend certain lifestyle changes such as a change in diet and increased fluid intake. You may be able to get medication to deal with your digestive problems, or learn how to avoid them in the future.

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The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.