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Treatment for Abdominal Pain in Adults

Seek Immediate Medical Care If:

1. Treat Symptoms

2. When to Call a Doctor

Seek medical help if the person:

  • Has severe abdominal pain or pain that lasts several days
  • Has nausea, fever, or inability to keep food down for several days
  • Has bloody stools
  • Has painful urination
  • Has blood in the urine
  • Cannot pass stools, especially if also vomiting
  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Had an injury to the abdomen in the days before the pain started
  • Has heartburn that isn't relieved by over-the-counter drugs or last longer than two weeks

3. When to Call 911

Call 911 if the person:

  • Vomits blood
  • Has severe difficulty breathing

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Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on April 15, 2015

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