Health Tip: When a Stomachache Requires Medical Attention
When to head for the hospital
(HealthDay News) - While stomachache or abdominal pain are quite common and often harmless, these conditions sometimes can signal a more serious problem.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following symptoms require a trip to the emergency room:
- Very sharp, severe and sudden pain.
- Fever along with your stomach or abdominal pain.
- Vomiting blood, or having bloody diarrhea.
- Soreness or tenderness in the abdomen.
- An abdomen that is hard and rigid.
- Inability to have a bowel movement, particularly if you are also vomiting.
- Pain in the chest, neck or shoulder.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.