Stomach pain is a very common complaint in emergency rooms. About 7 million people aged 18 and older visit the ER each year with complaints of abdominal pain. It is usually serious and can be easily diagnosed and treated. However, pain can be a sign of a serious illness. It is important that you be seen by a physician who will conduct a thorough examination and order tests if needed.
Abdominal pain may occur anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone has pain in the abdomen at some point. Most of the time, it is not serious. Your level of pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain.
Some abdominal pain requires emergency medical care. Visit Advance ER for medical help right away if you experience severe abdominal pain and:
- Are currently being treated for cancer
- Are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
- Are vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)
- Have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
- Have sudden, sharp abdominal pain
- Have pain in, or between, your shoulder blades with nausea
- Have tenderness in your belly, or your belly is rigid and hard to the touch
- Are pregnant or could be pregnant
- Had a recent injury to your abdomen
- Have difficulty breathing
At Advance ER we believe every patient deserves Exceptional Care, Exceptionally Fast.