Harvard Men's Health Watch

Upset stomach? Don't write it off

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In one-fourth of cases, no medical reason is found for severe or persistent upset stomach.

Frequent or persistent pain, fullness, and bloating may need a doctor's evaluation.

In the classic Alka-Seltzer TV commercial from the 1970s, pajama-clad Ralph sits on the edge of the bed moaning regretfully, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." Sometimes stomach discomfort after eating is just a passing malady, and a simple antacid and a little patience is all you need. But when it happens often or lasts for weeks, get it checked out.

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