Stomach pain is a symptom experienced by everyone at one time or another. Whether a meal isn’t sitting well or you are coming down with a stomach bug, it can be uncomfortable to have pain and other digestive issues. But when do the symptoms become severe enough that you need to head to an emergency room?
You know your body best, which is why it is a good idea to “listen to your gut.” If you are noticing that the pain feels abnormal and you are experiencing intense symptoms, then it might be time to seek emergency care.
Signs You Should Go to the Emergency Room
If you are having any of the following symptoms, then it is a good indication that you might require emergency care:
- Severe pain that makes it hard to sit or stand up straight
- Pain in conjunction with a fever
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Unrelenting pain that lasts longer than a few minutes
- The stomach is tender to the touch
- Swelling in the abdomen area
- The pain extends from the stomach into the back, chest, or shoulders
- Unable to hold food down without vomiting
- Vomiting blood
- Black or dark stool
- Yellowish skin
- Pain after trauma, such as injury or accident
Other Medical Complications
When deciding whether you need to visit the ER, also consider the location of your pain. For example, pain in the lower abdominal area could be the result of indigestion, menstrual cramps, or a urinary tract infection. These conditions can likely be treated in an urgent care. If the pain is in the lower right abdomen, then it could be appendicitis.
Also, consider your overall health and other conditions that could cause complications. When individuals have certain medical conditions, then it is important to talk to a doctor as soon as possible when abdominal pain is experienced:
- If you recently had abdominal surgery or an endoscopy
- If you’ve had gastric bypass surgery
- Women who are pregnant
- If you are over the age of 45 and experiencing abdominal pain along with tightness in the chest (which could be a sign of heart attack)
Don’t Hesitate to Go to the ER for Abdominal Pain
Some people hesitate to go to the ER because they are worried that they will be sent home without a conclusive diagnosis. One of the benefits of visiting iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we offer both urgent care and emergency room services in the same building. You can walk-in to the emergency room with confidence in knowing that you won’t pay ER prices if emergency services aren’t required. We always complete a quick assessment to determine the right department for evaluation and treatment.
Treatment can be administered immediately to reduce the pain and relieve the discomfort you are experiencing. Testing can be done to determine other treatment recommendations, or to refer you to a specialist as needed.
Our board-certified team at iCare ER and Urgent Care is always on call to provide top-notch services for all of your medical needs. We offer emergency treatment 24/7, giving you convenient access to an experienced staff of doctors and nurses on-demand. Contact us to learn more: (214) 407-8668.