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Abdominal pain - when to seek care

Most abdominal pain is more of an annoyance than a serious medical condition. However, there are times when your condition may indicate the presence of a more serious health problem. Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

Diarrhea

• If you have diarrhea that lasts longer than one week

• If you become dehydrated - symptoms include little or no urination, weakness or dizziness, and an excessively dry mouth

• If stools are bloody

• If you have a fever of 101.5 degrees F or higher with diarrhea

Constipation

• If stools are thin and pencil like (can indicate the presence of a tumor in the lower bowel)

• If constipation lasts longer than three weeks

• If stools are bloody

• If you are reliant on laxatives for bowel movements

Gas

• If your gas is accompanied by crushing or squeezing chest pain (possible sign of a heart attack)

• If gas is associated with pain that spreads to the upper abdomen, back, jaw, or arms (possible sign of a heart attack)

• If your gas is accompanied by severe, steady pain in the upper abdomen

(Taken from The Well Workplace)

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