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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call or see a health care professional if the affected person has any of the following:

  • Abdominal pain that lasts more than six hours or continues to worsen
  • Pain that stops the person from eating
  • Pain accompanied by vomiting more than three or four times
  • Pain that worsens when the person tries to move around
  • Pain that starts all over, but settles into one area, especially the right lower abdomen
  • Pain that wakes the person up at night
  • Pain with vaginal bleeding or pregnancy, even if the person only thinks she might be pregnant
  • Pain accompanied by fever over 101 F (33.3 C)
  • Pain along with inability to urinate, move the bowels, or pass gas
  • Any other pain that feels different from a simple stomach ache
  • Any other pain that alarms the person, or concerns them in any way

If the person has any of the following, or cannot reach their health care professional, go to a hospital emergency department:

  • The "worst pain of your life" or very severe pain
  • Pain so bad the affected person passes out or almost passes out
  • Pain so bad the affected person cannot move
  • Pain and vomiting blood, or any vomiting that lasts more than six hours
  • Pain and no bowel movement for more than three days
  • Pain the person thinks might be in their chest, but they aren't sure
  • Pain that seems to come from the person'stesticles
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2014

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