How Can I Know If My Stomach Pain Is Serious?

Yes, it’s true that stomachaches are a common occurrence; however, if you experience lots of stomach pain on a consistent basis, there could be something seriously wrong.

So, how are you supposed to know whether your stomach pain is a cause for real concern? Our AFC Urgent Care Farragut team is here to provide some helpful answers, so keep reading!

What Causes Stomach Pain?

All stomach pain isn’t the same. It can range from feeling bloated and nauseous to sharp pains that don’t seem to go away.

Since there are lots of causes of stomach pain, it’s often helpful to determine the cause by where the pain occurs in the abdomen. If pain occurs in the right quadrant of the abdomen, it could be because of gallstones, GERD or pancreatitis. Stomach pain that occurs on the left side of the abdomen is often spleen-related. We’ve listed the most common causes of stomach pain below.

Most Common Causes of Stomach Pain

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach virus
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies
  • Gas
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Abdominal muscle strain or pull

If My Stomach Pain Serious?

It depends on your symptoms.

If you start to experience the symptoms we’ve listed below, visit our AFC center ASAP to get an accurate diagnosis and to learn whether further action is required.

When to Contact Your Doctor

  • Severe pain that lasts for more several hours or comes and goes for 24 hours
  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Black, tarry stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to eat or drink for several hours
  • Fever greater than 102°F
  • Weight loss without trying
  • Feeling a lump in the abdomen

Are you experiencing lots of stomach pain? Don’t hesitate to contact our AFC Urgent Care Farragut team today! We can provide the non-emergency care that you need.


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