You may need more than an over-the-counter treatment.
Remember that time the egg salad didn't taste quite right, but you were hungry and ate it anyway? How about when your craving for cheesecake overrode the punishment you knew your lactose intolerance would inflict? In these instances, you can expect stomach distress. But then there are times when your abdominal pain comes out of nowhere. In those cases, you're probably wondering what's the cause of this severe, stabbing, long-lasting pain.
Digestive system issues account for 30 million visits to doctors' offices and emergency departments yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The severity of the pain, its location within your abdominal area, and accompanying symptoms may provide clues to the origin of the pain — and whether or not you should seek help immediately. These are the most common signs that indicate the stabbing pain in your stomach may require attention from a medical professional.