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On occasion, everyone experiences stomach discomfort. Painful bloating, cramping, and sharp nagging pains may be signs of something serious.

But when does abdominal pain become serious enough to warrant a trip to the ER?

Pains in the abdomen range in severity and show up in different regions of the stomach. While dull nags in the upper abdominal might be gas, severe pain in the same area might signal ulcers.

74 percent of Americans suffer day-to-day with different types of stomach afflictions. Most never see a doctor for a diagnosis.

If you have a gut feeling something’s not right in your stomach, you need to read this. Find out when you should go to the ER for abdominal pain.

Abdominal Pain Accompanied by Fever and Other Indicators

A fever dictates a dangerous rise in body temperature due to an underlying illness. There’s no cause for alarm unless it surpasses 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your body produces a fever as a result of pains in the stomach, go to the ER.

Fever and other symptoms show up after the pain become relentless, which is another reason to go. Abdominal pain should never be so severe and unrelenting that it hurts to touch it.

Check into the emergency room if these symptoms arise as well:

  • Vomiting after meals
  • Problems breathing and chest discomfort
  • Lightheadedness to the point of fainting
  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood in the vomit
  • Odd or dark-colored stool

These symptoms should never manifest along with stomach pain. Seek emergency care right away if they appear.

Medical Conditions

Many people have medical conditions that affect the health of other parts of the body. Stomach pain may indicate a worsening of the condition.

If the following medical conditions persist with abdominal grief, head to the ER:

  • Pain resulting from abdominal surgery or an endoscopy
  • If you’ve recently had gastric bypass surgery
  • Upper abdominal pain accompanied by chest pain
  • If you are with child or unknowingly pregnant. (pain could indicate a progressing loss)

When pain in the stomach is not a common symptom of a medical condition, you need emergency care. Don’t wait around for the discomfort to subside. And do not rely on an over-the-counter remedy.


Where it hurts matters as to whether you wait it out or if you check into the emergency room.

The location of stomach pain is an indication of what’s causing it and how severe it is. Lower abdominal pain in the right side of the stomach could mean appendicitis. Acute upper abdominal pain signals the growth of open sores in the stomach.

If you’re unsure of the pain and where it’s located, call a doctor for immediate medical advice. If not, take the trip to the ER to be certain and careful.

Know When to Go

Abdominal pain can signal so many things. You have to decide when it’s enough for you to seek immediate medical attention.

If odd signs and symptoms arise to accompany the pain in your gut, don’t wait it out. Your condition may be worsening. Head to the emergency room to get proper care for your health.

View our fast track access to emergency specialists for insight into emergency care.