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.
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