Everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time. Abdominal pain can be mild or severe. It may be continuous or come and go. Abdominal pain can be short-lived (acute) or occur over weeks and months (chronic).
Make an appointment with your doctor if your abdominal pain worries you or lasts more than a few days.
Call 911 or emergency medical assistance if it is associated with:
- Trauma, such as an accident or injury.
- Pressure or pain in your chest.
- Pain is so severe that you can't sit still or need to curl into a ball to find relief.
- Pain is accompanied by bloody stools, persistent nausea and vomiting, skin that appears yellow, severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen, or swelling of the abdomen.