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How long should a person with stomach pain wait to see a doctor?

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: How long should a person wait to see a dr with stomach pain. No fever, no chills. Have had 3 days. Feels better not to eat but eating does not make it significantly worse. Took XXXXXXX Seltzer no change. I have mild kidney disease .
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (26 minutes later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

How long to wait with stomach pain depends on the degree of pain and what the possible cause are. For example with right lower quadrant abdominal pain, you wouldn't want to wait because of the possibility of appendicitis.

I have some questions for you that will help me to answer better:

1. I see you took some dulcolax and had relief the next day. Are you currently constipated? It feels better after you have a BM?

2. If your abdomen were divided into quadrants, is the pain upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left, or in the center or under rib cage on left?

3. What is the pain like? Crampy? Sharp? Burning? Gnawing? Stabbing?

4. Does it keep you from sleeping?

5. Is your abdomen tender to touch?

6. Are your BMs normal?

7. When your stomach is empty do you have burning/gnawing?

Thanks.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

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How long should a person with stomach pain wait to see a doctor?

Brief Answer: Some questions for you: Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, How long to wait with stomach pain depends on the degree of pain and what the possible cause are. For example with right lower quadrant abdominal pain, you wouldn't want to wait because of the possibility of appendicitis. I have some questions for you that will help me to answer better: 1. I see you took some dulcolax and had relief the next day. Are you currently constipated? It feels better after you have a BM? 2. If your abdomen were divided into quadrants, is the pain upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left, or in the center or under rib cage on left? 3. What is the pain like? Crampy? Sharp? Burning? Gnawing? Stabbing? 4. Does it keep you from sleeping? 5. Is your abdomen tender to touch? 6. Are your BMs normal? 7. When your stomach is empty do you have burning/gnawing? Thanks.