Surprisingly, one of the main reason patients visit emergency rooms in this country is not due to chest pain or stroke, but abdominal pain. And while you may think abdominal pain only includes your stomach, other organs reside here as well — such as the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, intestines (bowels and colon), and appendix.
Immediate help for abdominal pain
If you’re experiencing abdominal pain that can’t be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, the team at Trusted ER’s full-service, 24-hour, freestanding emergency rooms in Dallas, Coppell, and Hurst, Texas, can help.
Abdominal pain can signal a wide range of illnesses. We recommend seeking emergency care when you suffer from abdominal pain along with any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or dizziness
- Vomiting blood
- Black or bloody stool
- Blood in your urine
- Swollen and tender abdomen
- High fever
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Pain related to accident or injury
- Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
Diagnosing abdominal pain
Sometimes, pinpointing the exact cause of your abdominal pain can be difficult. If the pain is located in just one area, head to the ER. Localized pain could indicate:
- Appendicitis (right lower quadrant)
- Cholecystitis or a gallbladder infection (right upper quadrant)
- Diverticulitis or colon infection (left lower quadrant)
Trusted ER can help you stay hydrated with IV fluids, if necessary. We can also combat your nausea or vomiting with an antiemetic drug.
A real pill
Gastrointestinal issues can also be caused by an overdose of toxic substances — even such seemingly harmless over-the-counter medications as acetaminophen. Taken in excess, overuse of acetaminophen can even lead to liver disease.
Simple tests diagnose your pain
When you come into our emergency room, our experienced ER doctors may diagnose your abdominal pain by simply asking a few questions or pressing lightly on the area. We may also need to perform certain tests, such as blood work, to check your white blood cell count, which can indicate infection. We also look at your electrolytes, liver function, and lipase, which can signify an issue with your pancreas.
Time is on your side at Trusted ER
Trusted ER offers a full range of radiology services, including X-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans. We also provide overnight or inpatient care for up to 23 hours. To learn more about our full-service, concierge-style ERs, which cater quickly and thoroughly to all patients under the age of 65, including children, simply call or visit one of our locations in Dallas, Coppell, and Hurst, Texas.