Stomach pain can be a tricky symptom when it comes to determining the appropriate
type of medical care, because there are a wide range of conditions that
may be causing your discomfort. While abdominal pain might be associated
with something as benign as gas and bloating, it can also be caused by
much more serious
conditions such as appendicitis. Therefore, you will not want to ignore stomach pain when you have any
of the following symptoms. In these situations, you should head to a Palatka
ER for immediate medical attention.
You have severe, sudden pain.
If abdominal pain is so severe that you cannot stand up straight, it is
likely related to something more serious than general gastrointestinal
distress. Young people should be particularly wary of sudden and
severe abdominal pain, as appendicitis is the most likely culprit for this symptom.
You’ve seen blood in your vomit or stool.
When internal bleeding is present, there may be blood visible in the vomit
or stool, or you may have dark, black stool. In either case, you should
report these symptoms to a triage nurse in the ER to get the diagnostic
imaging you need to identify the source of your bleeding.
You have a high grade fever.
A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit can be indicative of a more serious
condition when it accompanies stomach pain.
You have recently had abdominal surgery.
If you have had gastric bypass surgery, an endoscopy, or any other type
of abdominal surgery, abdominal pain may indicate post-surgical complications
that should be addressed in the ER. After having any surgical procedure,
be sure to discuss possible symptoms and side effects that you may experience
in your recovery so that you know when immediate medical care is needed.
When you need
emergency care in Palatka, you can count on Putnam Community Medical Center to provide exceptional
care with short wait times at all hours of the day. To hear current ER
wait times for our hospital or get answers to your health questions, call
us at (386) 328-5711 to reach our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.