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Abdominal Pain


Abdominal pain

can be dull, achy, or sharp. You may have pain in one area of your abdomen, or in your entire abdomen. Your pain may be caused by a condition such as constipation, food sensitivity or poisoning, infection, or a blockage. Abdominal pain can also be from a hernia, appendicitis, or an ulcer. Liver, gallbladder, or kidney conditions can also cause abdominal pain. The cause of your abdominal pain may be unknown.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have new chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • You have pulsing pain in your upper abdomen or lower back that suddenly becomes constant.
  • Your pain is in the right lower abdominal area and worsens with movement.
  • You have a fever over 100.4°F (38°C) or shaking chills.
  • You are vomiting and cannot keep food or liquids down.
  • Your pain does not improve or gets worse over the next 8 to 12 hours.
  • You see blood in your vomit or bowel movements, or they look black and tarry.
  • Your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow.
  • You are a woman and have a large amount of vaginal bleeding that is not your monthly period.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have pain in your lower back.
  • You are a man and have pain in your testicles.
  • You have pain when you urinate.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for abdominal pain

may include medicine to calm your stomach, prevent vomiting, or decrease pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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