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When should you contact your doctor about your abdominal pain?

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  • If your abdominal pain is severe, doesn't go away, or keeps coming back, talk to your doctor. Call 911 right away if your belly hurts because you had a recent injury there or if you have any chest pain. You should also contact your doctor as soon as you can if you have symptoms along with the pain, such as: Fever
  • Can't keep food down for more than two days
  • Signs you're getting dehydrated
  • Can't have a bowel movement, especially if you're also vomiting
  • Pain when you urinate, or you need to urinate often Also call your doctor if: Your belly is tender to the touch
  • Pain lasts more than a few hours

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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