Patients often have difficulty describing abdominal pain. It can seem vague and hard to define. Everyone has occasional abdominal pain caused by gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
When should you call a doctor? In general, you should call your IllinoisGastro physician or seek emergency help if your abdominal pain is sudden and severe, and/or is accompanied by fever or vomiting. In the case of more chronic abdominal pain, you should seek help if it lasts longer than a couple of weeks, and/or if you notice blood in your stool.
Note - blood in your stool should never be ignored.