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By Isabelle BaninAlmost everyone has experienced some level of tummy troubles before, but pinning down the source can be frustrating. Our abdomens have ten or more vital organs in them (depending on which reproductive organs you have) and diseases or other complications could harm any one of them. To help your doctor diagnose your stomach pain, write down exactly where you are feeling pain, if there’s a time of day the pain changes and any other symptoms. Go straight to the emergency room if your pain is extreme (e.g., being unable to stand straight) or if your pain is accompanied by severe symptoms such as your skin or eyes yellowing. Signs of internal bleeding include black and tarry stools, blood in stools or urine and vomiting blood. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, it’s important to get it evaluated by a gastroenterologist for a treatment plan.Here, Kavita Singh, MD, Division Head, Gastroenterology at NorthShore, explains 7 potential causes of stomach pain and the symptoms to watch for:
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