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How to Know if Stomach Pain is Serious

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How to Know if Stomach Pain is Serious

- So the first thing a patient has to do

when they develop abdominal pain

is to characterize the type of pain.

There are three things that you should look for.

Number one is what type of pain is it?

Is it a dull, achy pain that is constant?

Or is it more of a sharp stabbing pain that comes and goes?

Number two is you should realize

where the pain is arising from.

Is it in the upper part of the abdomen,

the lower part of the abdomen,

on the right side of the abdomen or the left side?

Because the abdomen has multiple different organs

and as such, any organ can cause abdominal pain.

So if you recognize the location of the pain,

you can recognize the origin of the pain

and that can give you information

if you need to seek medical attention.

Number three is you have to know

if the pain is associated with any other symptoms.

Typically, abdominal pain is associated

with other nonspecific symptoms like nausea,

like vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, you feel bloated,

you might have a little bit of indigestion as well.

So if any of these symptoms are associated with it,

then you have to take that into account.

As mentioned, majority of abdominal pains are self-limiting

and they're treated non-surgically.

However, the most important aspect about abdominal pain

is to realize, when do you seek medical attention.

When do you go to the emergency room?

When do you feel that you should have a surgeon

look into your pain so we can treat it appropriately?

The few things that you should look for

is if you have constant abdominal pain

that has not gotten better after a few hours,

or even maybe up to a day,

then you should seek medical attention

either with your primary care physician

or go to the emergency room.

Number two is if the symptoms are associated

with high fever that is constant,

that needs to be addressed right away as well.

Number three, if you feel there's a change

in characteristics of your pain

where the pain starts out dull,

then you start developing sharp, achy pain,

or where the pain starts in one area

and then progresses into another area

or the intensity of the pain increases,

you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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