What other symptoms might occur with a stomach ache?

A stomach ache may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Stomach aches are often related to the digestive system, but may also be related to other body systems.

Digestive tract symptoms that may occur along with a stomach ache

Stomach aches may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Belching
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Urgent need to pass stool

Other symptoms that may occur along with a stomach ache

Stomach aches may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Cough
  • Enlarged liver and glands such as the spleen and lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pain, numbness or tingling
  • Palpable mass in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • Rash
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a stomach ache may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bleeding while pregnant
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, or palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Inability to have bowel movements, especially if accompanied by vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Rigidity of the abdomen
  • Severe abdominal pain or sharp abdominal pain that comes on suddenly
  • Trauma to the abdomen, pelvis or testicles
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding, or bloody stool

What is a stomach ache?

Often, pain or discomfort anywhere in the abdomen is described as a stomach ache, although the stomach may not actually be the source of the pain. Stomach aches are often caused by conditions of the digestive tract, but can also be caused by conditions of the body wall, blood vessels, urinary tract, reproductive organs, or organs of the chest.

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What causes a stomach ache?

Stomach aches often originate in the digestive tract, although they can also be due to disorders of the circulatory system, urinary tract, reproductive system, respiratory system, or body wall.

Digestive tract causes of a stomach ache

A stomach ache may be caused by conditions of the digestive tract including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: May 7, 2014 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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