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Hard bloated belly with stabbing pain

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about 24 hrs ago a sudden spell of nausea and stomach aching came on. The pain in my abdomen started to build. It didnt feel like normal stomach flew, I threw up because of intense pain. I took the appropriate dosage of Pepto Bismol and the nausea/gas symptoms went away. The next morning I woke with the same pain and loss of appetite. throughout today anything I eat makes it more painfull so I havent eaten much. I can centralize the pain more now to my right side a little lower than my belly button. I have been reading about appendicits and it seems I have all the symtoms. hard, bloated belly, very tender to touch and when pressed and released its even more painful. It hurts to bend down or pick anything up. I noticed last night the pain moving throughout my abdomen like a fireball, with knives attached taking turns burning and stabbing. I dont have insurance nor the money to waste if it isnt serious... should I seek medical attention??

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replied March 24th, 2010
Abdominal Pain Answer A10879
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out.

Considering the symptoms & signs which you have described, a possibility of appendicitis can’t be ruled out.

I don’t think you should ignore your symptoms & should get yourself evaluated further by a surgeon.

You might need further investigations like ultrasound or CT scan abdomen for the confirmation of the diagnosis. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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