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Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain

Your symptoms are suggestive for a serious infection! Seek an urgent evaluation by your doctor.

You may have appendicitis.

You may have an infection in your uterus and fallopian tubes, called "pelvic inflammatory disease." If you have had sex without a condom with someone who could carry a sexually transmitted disease, this is a serious concern. This type of infection can threaten your fertility if it is not treated promptly.

Infection is the most dangerous cause of a fever and right-sided lower abdominal pain, but other causes may be considered. Inflammatory bowel disease (such as "Crohn's disease") can cause inflammation in an area of bowel that is close to the appendix, and it can also result in a fever.

An abscess can occur anywhere in the abdomen. An abscess could also explain your symptoms.

Your symptoms could also come from "colitis," an infection or inflammation of the colon.

One common cause of colitis is an infection that can develop following antibiotic treatment. Infections from contaminated food, such as salmonella, shigella, or campylobacter can cause similar symptoms.

Click here for more information on antibiotic-associated diarrhea.


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