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Stomach Pains: When Should You Contact a Doctor and When Not?

by Laura P. Consultant
Stomach pains are common. Also, disorders like diarrhea, constipation, bloated stomach, indigestion, and loss of appetite may happen once in a while. However, if these problems happen to you frequently, it’s wise to consult a doctor. There could be some underlying problem or food allergy that you are unware of. 

Stomach pain

Talking of pain in the stomach, it is difficult to recognize whether the pain is due to gas formation or overeating or some serious issue. 

According to a doctor at the Pentagon urgent clinic, you need medical care, if you suffer from frequent and/or persistent pain. 

Doctors advise people to listen to their body. 

If you feel something is wrong, you might be right. 

In such a situation, wait-and-see policy does not work. You must immediately contact a doctor.

In some cases, stomach pain is tolerable and goes away on its own. This is nothing to worry about. But you must be watchful. 

Does the pain go and come back at intervals? 

Do you find a pattern of pain? 

Answers to these questions can provide you a clue. In both cases, it is wise to talk to your doctor about it. 

When should you consult a doctor? 

If your stomach pain is accompanied by the following features, you must consult a doctor within 24 hours:

  • Blood in urine, stool, or through vagina or rectum. 
  • Persistent diarrhea. In this case, you may wait for two days and see. Diarrhea caused by usual minor infection or indigestion generally goes away on its own within two days. 
  • You feel nausea while eating. 
  • You immediately get a bout of pain after eating. 
  • You are not hungry for 24 hours or more. 
  • You have fever. 
  • The pain worsens with each passing hour.  

Please walk in an Arlington urgent care center in the above situations. You must not wait and see in these cases. The center is equipped to handle various kinds of stomach troubles. 

Stomach issues that you can handle at home 

If the abdominal pain is mild and for a short time, it is likely to go away on its own. According to doctors, such kind of pain usually happens due to trapped gas, eating a new food, overeating, or constipation. 

Hurried eating may also cause pain. You don’t chew your food properly and almost swallow it hurriedly. This makes your stomach work harder to break the food. 

Also, at times like Thanksgiving feast or some special occasions, you might eat a variety of food at the same time, which may create weird combinations in the stomach. 

Eating too spicy and too rich food may also cause stomach discomfort. 

Stomach cases discussed above generally get resolved on their own. You can wait and see. The pain may subside after a bowel movement or passing of gas. 

Do this: 

  • Drink some warm water and eat nothing for a few hours. Your stomach will be relieved. 
  • Avoid alcohol and rich, spicy foods for a day or two. 
  • Eat light during this time. 

However, if you are doubtful about your stomach pain, you can contact Pentagon urgent clinic for immediate medical care and advice. 

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