Stabbing, throbbing, aching, or turning. Stomach pain comes in a few varieties. When is it time to seek medical attention for severe stomach pain, and when can you handle it at home?\nIf you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.\nThe abdomen holds several different organs, and any one may be the source of your pain, making it difficult to pinpoint a cause. Here are some basic guidelines to help you know when a stomach ache is an emergency.\nRELATED:\u00a05 Signs You Should Talk to Your Doctor About Heartburn\nSigns You Should Seek Care for Stomach or Abdominal Pain\nSudden, severe pain\nGo the emergency room if you have severe abdominal pain that comes on suddenly and lasts for more than a few minutes.\nPain that gradually increases in severity\nSee a doctor if you feel pain that is localized to one area of your abdomen, particularly if that pain increases over time.\nVomiting blood or passing bloody or tar-like stool\nThese symptoms, especially when accompanied by abdominal pain, require immediate attention.\nAbdominal pain accompanied by chest, shoulder, or neck pain\nThese symptoms may indicate a heart attack and require immediate treatment at an Emergency Department.\nFor help finding immediate care near you, visit\u00a0UPMC CareFinder. Locate an Emergency Department, UPMC Urgent Care center, Walk-in Primary Care, or Children\u2019s Express Care that\u2019s close to you. You can also receive an online medical visit with\u00a0UPMC AnywhereCare. No appointment is needed.