Your abdomen is considered much more than just your stomach, as it includes several vital organs within the area just below your chest to your groin. Essentially, this means that pain in your abdomen can originate from any one of these, so it’s important to pay attention to symptoms.
Abdominal pain can indicate several medical problems ranging from mild to severe, depending on other symptoms you may be experiencing. Pain can be caused by anything from acid reflux to a urinary tract infection; ongoing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or endometriosis; or emergency situations such as appendicitis or food poisoning. According to the Mayo Clinic, seek emergency medical treatment if you have abdominal pain with any of the following:
- Relating to an accident or injury
- Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
- Accompanied by shortness of breath or dizziness
- Vomiting blood
- Black or bloody stool
- Blood in your urine
- Swollen and tender abdomen
- High fever
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
Because numerous conditions can cause abdominal pain, visit Midwest Express Clinic at one of our urgent care locations to determine severity.