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When a Stomachache Needs Medical Attention

Have you ever had a stomachache that makes you wonder, is this more than just a stomachache? You're not alone perhaps every time I have gas pains I wonder if I something more serious is going on down there.

Sometimes it is just hard to tell with our bodies, so I was thrilled to see this list of symptoms that would indicate that tummy ache is something more (and may even warrant a trip to the hospital):

  • 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


Join The Conversation
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Sometimes it is really hard to know isn't it. My advice - listen to your body and get to know what is normal for you. If something isn't right get it checked out.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Really good advice. I had 5 of those bullets once. Thought it was a really nasty bug. On the 3rd day went to the school health center and found out I had kidney infection.
sammyli sammyli 9 years
Good advice. Last time I had a stomach ache for a whole night, I ended up going to the hospital after thinking it was just simply a stomach ache. I had appendicitis. Good thing I got it out before it exploded.
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 9 years
Good advice, thanks
emalove emalove 9 years
Good advice, thanks!
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Go to the doctor if you have the third bullet point. Most especially if it's an everyday occurrence. I didn't for a while, and I found out later(after things got much worse) that I have ulcerative colitis. It's a killer.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I have to take iron supplements and it really kills my stomach so I actually nearly go with constant stomach pains... Yesterday I nearly had to stop my run because my stomach was annoying me so much. It is really boring...
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