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Can I die from upper abdominal pain if I ignore it?
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depends on cause.
Some things like perforated ulcer and pancreatitis can present this way. Other things like gallbladder attacks or heartburn are common. Can also be unusual sign of heart ischemia -angina- if worse with activity. Need full story and exam to narrow down.

In brief: Yes
Depends on cause.
Some things like perforated ulcer and pancreatitis can present this way. Other things like gallbladder attacks or heartburn are common. Can also be unusual sign of heart ischemia -angina- if worse with activity. Need full story and exam to narrow down.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Depends on cause.
As a general rule, "ignore" is never a good option when it comes to your health.
The causes of upper abdominal pain run the spectrum from minor (irritable bowel), to potentially serious (ulcer disease, gallstones), to life-threatening (cancer). I advise you to see a primary care doctor. Once you determine the cause, you will likely feel much better.

In brief: Depends on cause.
As a general rule, "ignore" is never a good option when it comes to your health.
The causes of upper abdominal pain run the spectrum from minor (irritable bowel), to potentially serious (ulcer disease, gallstones), to life-threatening (cancer). I advise you to see a primary care doctor. Once you determine the cause, you will likely feel much better.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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