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When should I see a doctor if I have abdominal pain?

It is never a bad idea to see your doctor if you have abdominal pain. If you are experiencing very severe pain or associated fever, vomiting, black or bloody stools, or haven't had a bowel movement in several days, you should see your doctor or go to an emergency room right away.
Pain in the abdomen can come from any one of the organs located between the bottom of your chest and your groin. Severe pain doesn't always mean that there is a serious problem. Nor does mild pain mean a problem is not serious. Get medical help immediately if:
  • You have abdominal pain that is sudden and sharp
  • You also have pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • You're vomiting blood or have blood in your stool
  • Your abdomen is stiff, hard and tender to touch
  • You can't move your bowels, especially if you're also vomiting

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