If it’s accompanied by sweating
“Pain associated with sweating is always an indication of something bad,” says Cwanza A. Pinckney, MD, an emergency physician at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. “Sweating is a clinical indicator that the body is under stress and that the bodies flight or fight system is activated and the body is in distress. This is an ER physician’s red flag for danger, even if symptoms seem vague or mild. Sweating and abdominal pain warrant further evaluation by an emergency provider.” Discover seven reasons for abdominal pain that could signal a more serious condition.
If blood is present
“Seeing blood coming from above—vomiting—or below, as in stools is a bad sign,” says Samantha Nazareth, MD, a double board-certified gastroenterologist in New York City. “It is important to note that blood can present as both red and black.”