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When Do Stomach Pains Become a Cause for Concern?

Stomach pains are quite common, and are often caused by digestive issues that will go away on their own or with simple diet changes. Sometimes, though, stomach pains can be a sign of a deeper issue or even a medical emergency.

Here are some instances that might warrant a trip to Advance ER to address your stomach pain:

  • If your stomach pains are accompanied by a fever, you should seek emergency care. A fever is considered any body temperature above 100.4°F or 38°C.
  • If you are unable to eat without vomiting, you should seek emergency care, as this may be a sign of food poisoning, food allergy, a reaction to a medication or a more serious issue.
  • An irregular heartbeat also signals a need for medical care.
  • If you are experiencing dizziness, obscured vision or a feeling of fainting, you should also seek emergency care as this can be a sign of appendicitis, kidney stones or another issue.
  • If you have dark or black stool with stomach pain, you should seek emergency care as this can be a sign of a bleeding ulcer, esophageal and gastric cancers, a Mallory-Weiss tear or esophageal varices.
  • If you are vomiting blood, you should seek emergency care as there may be bleeding in your food pipe, stomach or small intestine.
  • If you are pregnant and experiencing intense abdominal pain, it is a good idea to seek emergency care.
  • If you recently had abdominal surgery, you should seek emergency care as it may be caused by a post-surgery complication.
  • If your stomach pain is accompanied by pain or pressure in the chest, you should seek emergency care as these may be signs of a heart attack.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing, you should seek emergency care as this can signal a variety of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ascites, gallstones, a hernia, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, amongst others.
  • If your stomach is expanding in size, you should seek emergency care as this is typically a sign of an underly disease.
  • If your pain is accompanied by bloody diarrhea, you should seek medical care because this is often a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • If you have unexplained or persistent changes in bowel movements and feel nauseous, you should seek medical care.
  • If you have pain that begins around the navel and moves to the right side or sudden pain that appears on the right side of the lower abdomen, you should seek emergency care as this is a symptom of appendicitis.

What Can Advance ER in Dallas Do for Your Stomach Pain?

At Advance ER, we offer 24/7 emergency medical care with no wait. This means that whether your stomach pain is a minor issue or a sign of a more serious problem, our staff will be ready to provide the highest quality care. We are equipped with onsite labs, a pharmacy and imaging and we are dedicated to properly handling and caring for your unique condition. Our goal is to model and advance a standard of integrative health care, so that you can get back to living your fullest and healthiest life.

If you would like to learn more about Advance ER, please give us a call at (214) 494-8222, or find us online.