Mar 2, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: You have stomach pain. Dr. Troy Madsen's an emergency room physician. What should a person do if they have stomach pain? Is there something they can do?

Dr. Madsen: You know, stomach pain is one of the most common things we see in the emergency department. And when we see it, I'm always thinking first, "Is it something that's more serious?" So you've got to make sure things are okay there first. More serious things would be severe pain. Often, pain in the right lower abdomen or right upper abdomen could be a sign of the appendix or gall bladder having issues.

But if it's not those things, and you're treating it at home, if it's your upper abdomen with some burning up into your chest, that could be acid reflux or an ulcer. Try an antacid. Middle abdomen, crampy, sharp pain, might be some gas pain. Try an anti-gas medication. Of course, if you're having diarrhea, if that's causing discomfort, don't hesitate to try an anti-diarrheal medication and see if you get better with that.

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