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Discharge advice for men attending with abdominal pain

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You have attended the emergency department (A&E) today with abdominal pain but are being sent home. Abdominal pain is very common and we often don’t know what is causing the pain. Most abdominal pain will settle down over a few days.

You should take simple painkillers regularly, such as paracetamol. You can take up to eight paracetamol tablets in a single 24 hour period.

If your pain does not settle down within a few days, you should go and see your GP.

What should I look out for?

Non-urgent advice: If you…

  • develop very severe abdominal pain
  • develop pain that goes through to your back
  • develop shoulder pain
  • become feverish or shivery
  • start vomiting or passing blood from your back passage
  • suffer any fainting or collapse episodes

Please telephone your GP or NHS 111 should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital.

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