Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Recurring Abdominal Pain
You need to be evaluated for bleeding, inflammation, or possibly cancer within the esophagus and stomach. Contact your doctor for an urgent evaluation.
Pain with blood in the vomit or blackened stools could be caused by
an ulcer in the esophagus or stomach
irritation in the esophagus or stomach lining ("esophagitis" or "gastritis")
a tear in the esophagus
Swallowing difficulty could arise from
Based on your symptoms, your doctor is likely to recommend evaluation with an endoscopy test (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or "EGD"). With this test, a doctor can view the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine using a flexible tube and camera.
Diagnoses that your doctor will strongly consider as he or she designs your evaluation include
esophagus ring or web
peptic ulcer disease
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