Generalized pain occurs in two or more sections of the abdomen.
Localized pain is confined to or is most intense in one section of the abdomen.
Localized pain that comes on suddenly and gets steadily worse may mean a
problem with an underlying organ. A serious problem may be present if other
symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or fever, develop after the
abdominal pain started. Localized pain is also more worrisome if the pain
starts in more than one area of the abdomen (generalized) and then becomes
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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