Abdominal Pains

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that one of the most common reasons for ER visits in the United States is abdominal pain. Most of the time, the pain does not indicate anything serious.

When to Call 911

However, if your abdominal pain is severe and accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately.*

  • Pressure, burning, fullness, or tightness in the chest.

  • Crushing or searing pain radiating to your jaw, back, neck, shoulders, and one or both arms.

  • Chest pain lasting more than a few minutes, becomes worse with activity, comes and goes, or varies in intensity.

  • Shortness of breath with chest pain.

  • Cold sweats with chest pain.

  • Weakness or dizziness with chest pain.

  • Vomiting or nausea with chest pain.

Know the Location of the Pain

The location of the pain is a clue to its cause and severity.

Most abdominal pain does not require a doctor’s care or an emergency room visit. When in doubt, always contact your healthcare provider for advice.

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