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When should I worry about stomach pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The When to Worry Scale can help you understand the difference between benign stomach pain such as indigestion and serious pain associated with gallstones:

Green Zone: Lowest Risk -- If abdominal pain is relieved with antacids or after you urinate or have a bowel movement, it is most likely just stomach upset.

Yellow Zone: Medium Risk -- If moving around or changing your position doesn’t help relieve the pain, it could indicate a blockage.

Red Zone: Highest Risk -- Abdominal pain that occurs within 20-30 minutes every time you eat fatty food could signal gallstones. Keep a log and seek help from a doctor if your pain is severe.

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