Tell-tale Signs You Need To See a GI Doctor

Six Signs that you need to see a GI Doctor

If you think you’re having issues with your GI tract then you must visit as GI doctor. However, it’s not always easy to know if you are having problems with your digestive system for the simple reason that are many elements to it and symptoms vary from person to person. Our advice is simple, if there’s even a slight chance you may have health issues related to your digestive system then you must visit a gastroenterologist. For those still unsure about how to spot the signs and symptoms of GI tract problems then here is our handy guide. Here are six tell-tale signals that you need to see a GI doctor.

1) A lump in your throat: If you’re struggling to swallow food or water easily (or it’s more difficult or painful than before) then it you must get it checked. Leading GI specialists highlight this as a signal that something is wrong with your GI tract and further examination may be required. If difficulty swallowing is accompanied by other symptoms such as coughing, feeling full very quickly (sometimes even after a few mouthfuls of food), a sore throat and hiccups then your doctor may wish to send you way for further analysis as these symptoms may point to the issue being non-GI related.

2) Your flatulence is particularly pungent: Humans release up to 2 litres of gas every single day, so passing wind is completely normal – unless other symptoms are present. If your wind is rather smelly and you have stomach pains, a change in toilet and bowel habits and you are losing weight then this could be a signal that you are experiencing GI issues. Of course, it may not be related to your digestive system….it could be a parasite living in your gut causing the issues. A nice though, hey?

3) Bottom-half clothing fits more snuggly: If your clothes are starting to feel a little tighter then it could because you’ve put on a few pounds of fat. However, it also could be that you’re bloated and are holding too much gas within your digestive system. This can be completely normal and happens to healthy people all the time, but if along with it comes other symptoms such as pain in the abdominal area and blood in your stool then it may mean there are more serious issues at play. Such ailments as IBS, GERD and gallstones are a possibility, as well as less serious things like constipation. Of course, it may not mean that you’re suffering from anything at all, especially if you’ve recently changed your diet as that can play havoc with your digestive system as your body adjusts.


4) Your clothing becomes too loose: Unexplained weight loss is a very good signal that someone is suffering with GI problems and is one of the first things a GI doctor will ask. The first thing they will want to exclude are various forms of cancer (colon, bowel and stomach) and if they come back as negative then it may mean you’re suffering from celiac or Crohn’s disease.

5) Blood in your stool: You’re certainly going to be alarmed if you see blood in the toilet or on toilet paper after going for a ‘number two’, but blood can also make your stools appear black. Bright red bleeding that is visible on toilet paper may indicate haemorrhoids that have been irritated when you’ve passed your stool, but dark or black blood may indicate bleeding from somewhere inside your digestive system. Either way, you should see a doctor immediately as bleeding from the anus is never normal.

6) Decreased iron levels: If the level of iron in your blood has decreased then you may well need to see a GI specialist as it may indicate that blood is being lost within the GI tract. The cause of which could be anything from colon or stomach cancer to IBS or ulcers.

If you have any of the issues above please do not hesitate to see a GI doctor. For more information please visit: