SOURCE: American College of Gastroenterology
While the occasional stomachache isn’t a serious health issue, persistent or severe stomach pain is another matter that could signal serious trouble
People with the following symptoms need to see a doctor:
- * steady, severe pain or regularly recurring pain;
- Â pain lasting for hours or days
- Â pain that wakes you from sleep;
- Â pain that impairs your ability to work or perform routine activities;
- Â loss of weight or appetite.
Immediate medical attention is required if abdominal pain is accompanied by:
- Â fever;
- Â diarrhea;
- Â persistent constipation;
- Â blood in the stool;
- Â change in the color of urine;
- Â persistent nausea or vomiting;
- Â vomiting blood;
- Â severe tenderness of the belly;
- Â jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin or whites of the eyes);
- Â swelling of the abdomen.
The ACG also recommends that people see a doctor if they are regularly taking any medicines that can cause ulcers, such as aspirin or other medications commonly used to treat arthritis or headaches.