Stomach aches are common. From food poisoning to inflammation to an intestinal obstruction, there are many things that cause stomach pain. However, it’s important to know when to seek medical assistance if you experience abdominal pain and, if medical assistance is needed, where you should go.
It may sound easier said than done, but it’s a good idea to listen to your body to determine if you should seek medical care. If your abdominal pain is sudden, severe and persistent, your illness might be serious. It’s also a good idea to note if your stomach is or extends to your back. Serious illnesses that result in abdominal pain might also cause difficulty breathing, an irregular heartbeat, trouble eating, lightheadedness, black stool and even vomit with blood.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately. For women who are pregnant and anyone who has recently undergone gastric bypass surgery or abdominal surgery, any of the above symptoms should be an immediate trigger to visit the ER. And in someone more than 45 years old, upper abdominal pain could mean a heart attack and should be taken seriously.
For stomach pain that is less severe, does not include any of the symptoms listed above, yet remains persistent, it’s a good idea to visit an urgent care center that can help diagnose what is causing the pain. A medical professional can determine the cause and recommend treatment including prescription medication.
If you or your child is suffering from abdominal pain, consider an urgent care center such as Denton Regional Urgent Care. With convenient hours and online check-in available, we will have you treated and back to your day in no time.