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Discharge advice for women 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. The doctor who saw you today does not think that you need to be admitted to hospital. Abdominal pain is very common and we often do not find what is causing the pain. Most abdominal pain will settle down over a few days.

You should take simple pain killers regularly, such as paracetamol or the medicine that the doctor gave you at your visit. You can take up to eight paracetamol 500mg 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.

Do I need to come back to the Emergency Department? 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
  • bleed much more heavily than normal from your vagina
  • 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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