When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Call 911 or emergency medical assistance

Seek help if your abdominal pain is severe and is associated with:

  • Trauma, such as an accident or injury.
  • Pressure or pain in your chest.

Seek immediate medical attention

Have someone drive you to urgent care or the emergency room if you have:

  • Severe pain.
  • Fever.
  • Bloody stools.
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting.
  • Weight loss.
  • Skin that appears discolored.
  • Severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen.
  • Swelling of the abdomen.

Schedule a doctor's visit

Make an appointment with your health care provider if your abdominal pain worries you or lasts more than a few days.

In the meantime, find ways to ease your pain. For instance, eat smaller meals if your pain is accompanied by indigestion and drink enough fluids. Avoid taking nonprescription pain relievers or laxatives unless directed by your health care provider.

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July 15, 2023

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