Frequently Asked Questions

Abdominal Pain, Ambulatory Care

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Abdominal pain

can be dull, achy, or sharp. You may have pain in one area of your abdomen, or in your entire abdomen. Your pain may be caused by constipation, food sensitivity or poisoning, infection, or a blockage. Abdominal pain can also be caused by a hernia, appendicitis, or an ulcer. The cause of your abdominal pain may be unknown.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • New chest pain or shortness of breath

  • Pulsing pain in your upper abdomen or lower back that suddenly becomes constant

  • Pain in the right lower abdominal area that worsens with movement

  • Fever over 100.4°F (38°C) or shaking chills

  • Vomiting and you cannot keep food or fluids down

  • Pain does not improve or gets worse over the next 8 to 12 hours

  • Blood in your vomit or bowel movements, or they look black and tarry

  • Skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow

  • Large amount of vaginal bleeding that is not your monthly period

Treatment for abdominal pain

may include medicine to calm your stomach, prevent vomiting, or decrease pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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