From the American College of Gastroenterologists : Digestive Health Smart Brief comes this brief item from Health Day News about when to see the doctor for tummy pain:
Guidelines on when abdominal pain requires medical attention
The American College of Gastroenterology has released a list of symptoms indicating when patients who have abdominal pain should see a doctor. These include steady, severe or recurring pain; pain that impairs the ability to work; and loss of weight or appetite. Symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention include abdominal pain with fever, diarrhea, blood in the stool, change in urine color, vomiting blood, jaundice, abdomen swelling, tenderness in the abdomen or persistent constipation.1
I recently lost a friend who believed her loss of weight and bloated tummy were related to her diabetes diagnosis–and didn’t see a doctor. The symptoms were due to advanced uterine cancer. With any disease or disorder that has a large self-help component, one needs to be vigilant, and willing to let the doctor decide whether these symptoms are urgent.