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Abdominal Pain or Discomfort
There are many less common causes of mild, uncomplicated abdominal pain that are outside the scope of this guide. If your mild symptoms do not resolve within two days, consult with your primary care doctor when you return home or visit a designated MedToGo physician in Mexico.
The pain of gastroenteritis and gastritis usually lasts a short time and is easily treatable. There are, however, other forms of abdominal pain that can be very serious. Below we have listed the various causes of severe abdominal pain and those symptoms that would require you to seek immediate medical attention.
Important note: People with altered immunocompetence (long-term diabetics, HIV, cancer, and transplant patients taking immunosuppression drugs) do not show the typical symptoms associated with severe abdominal disorders. These people should seek medical attention whenever they become ill. Debilitated, elderly persons and infants and toddlers should always be evaluated. Obviously, if there is any concern as to the seriousness of abdominal discomfort, seek medical attention before the situation becomes dangerous.
Signs of Serious Conditions
Signs and Symptoms suggesting a more serious case of abdominal pain:
- Fever greater than 101 F, accompanied by severe abdominal pain
- Systemic symptoms: chills, perspiration, shakes
- Stupor, confusion, incoherence, or fainting
- Severe tenderness or rigid stomach muscles when pushing softly on the abdomen
- Blood in the stool, urine, or vomit
- Inability to have a bowel movement despite the sensation to do so
- Inability to produce urine
- Difficulty walking or riding in a car; makes the abdominal pain much worse
Possible causes that require immediate medical attention:
- Perforated bowel or stomach
- Obstructed bowel
- Gallbladder Inflammation
- Hepatitis (liver inflammation)
- Pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation)
- Major vessel blood clot
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Kidney stones
- Pyelonephritis (kidney infection)
- Gynecologic or Obstetric problems
- Certain rare bowel infections
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