Our guts are touchy. Everything from stress to a bad bite of seafood can get them all riled up.
Fortunately, in most cases, a brief bout of tummy turbulence—even one that sends you to the restroom more often than you'd like—shouldn't concern you much.
Especially if you're stressed, have been traveling, or just started new medications—all of which could lead to an irritable belly or bowels—don't freak out. "It doesn't mean you should ignore your stomach, but it's probably not too concerning," Esrailian says.
On the other hand, there are plenty of instances when an upset stomach warrants a trip to your doctor, or even to the ER (like these 10 symptoms you shouldn't ignore), he says.
Here are some other times when a trip to a health care professional is in your best interest.