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How do you know if you need medical care right away if you have abdominal pain?

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You may get symptoms that could be a sign of a problem inside your body that needs treatment as soon as possible. For example, get medical care right away if you have abdominal pain and you also:

  • Vomit blood
  • Notice bloody or black, tarry bowel movements
  • Have trouble breathing
  • Vomit constantly
  • Have swelling in your belly
  • Have yellow skin
  • Are pregnant

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: "Abdominal Pain."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: "Abdominal Pain."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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