Everyone gets a stomach ache \u2014 or abdominal pain \u2014 from time to time. Usually, stomach pains are harmless conditions caused by overeating, gas, or indigestion. Frequent or recurring sharp stomach pain is often due to stress and worry, even in children. But can point to more serious medical problems like pancreatic diseases.\nHarmless abdominal pain usually subsides or goes away within two hours. If you have the stomach flu, your stomach may hurt before each episode of vomiting or diarrhea. In serious cases, the severe stomach pains worsens or becomes constant.\nThis diagram illustrates the types of abdominal conditions you may have based on the location of the pain.\n\nAccording to gastroenterologists at UPMC, you should call your primary care physician if mild pain lasts more than a couple of days, or if the severe stomach pain is accompanied by other symptoms.\nGet medical help immediately if:\n\nYou have abdominal pain that is very sharp, severe, and sudden.\nYou also have pain in the chest, neck, or shoulder.\nYou’re vomiting blood or have bloody diarrhea.\nYour abdomen is stiff, hard, and tender to the touch.\nYou can’t move your bowels, especially if you’re also vomiting.\n\nBottom line: Trust your gut! Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about lingering or unusual stomach pain.