How can I describe my stomach ache to my doctor?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

A few tips about how to describe your stomach ache to your doctor:

• Describe Your Pain: First, tell your physician where it hurts using the
  abdominal clock. Then, be sure to be as accurate as you can with
  adjectives like: dull, sharp, crampy, achy, bloat, etc.

• Rate Your Pain: On a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being extreme pain.

• What Makes it Worse: Let your physician know what activities or
  positions increase your pain. For example, laying down, eating, drinking
  coffee, etc.

• What Makes it Better: Have you found any ways to ease your pain? This
  includes OTC medication and physical conditions like standing or burping.

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