Abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious or even life-threatening condition, especially if you have a heart condition or are older than 60. If you are having sudden or severe pain and are not sure what is causing it, you may need immediate medical treatment. You should be especially concerned if you are having trouble breathing or you faint or lose consciousness.
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
- Pain that may be caused by gallstones (continuous moderate to severe pain in the upper right abdomen ) along with a fever of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher and chills that are clearly not caused by stomach flu or any other reason.
- Pain in the upper midsection or upper right abdomen, along with a yellow tint to your skin and the white part of your eyes, dark yellow-brown urine or light-colored stools.
- Diabetes or an impaired immune system and you have symptoms that may be caused by gallstones.
If you have symptoms of gallstones but no fever, chills or yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes, you may still require evaluation and treatment. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor watch your symptoms or condition to see whether you need treatment. Watchful waiting is often the first approach to a first attack of gallstone pain.
Who to see
Symptoms caused by gallstones can be evaluated by any of the following health professionals:
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician assistant
- General practitioner
- Family medicine doctor
- General surgeon
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