When is stomach pain and indigestion an emergency?

Almost everyone has had a stomachache sometime in their life. You may wonder if the pain is just due to overeating, eating too fast, or if there is a more serious cause. If the pain is mild, you may choose to treat with over-the-counter medication or call your doctor. For more severe pain, or pain that is accompanied by other symptoms or conditions, you may want to head straight to the ER.

Hospital-connected ERs are notorious for their long wait-times. Now, you have an alternative. The stand alone Rice ER, located in the Rice Village/West University area of Houston, Texas, will treat you more quickly. You can even check-in online.

We Have Top-Notch Facilities.

We have state-of-the-art facilities that are equipped with the latest technology. This allows us to provide the best possible care for our patients. We are happy to serve all of our neighbors living in Morningside Place, Southampton, Southgate, Old Braeswood, Braeswood Place, Sunset Terrace, Montclair, Greenbriar and Knollwood Village, Upper Kirby, and River Oaks.

Why Choose Rice ER?

Within minutes of arriving at Rice ER, you’ll be seen and treated by one of our caring Emergency Physicians. No more long wait times.

Insurance Coverage

Rice Emergency Room accepts all commercial insurances. We also offer medical screening examinations to evaluate all patients with a medical emergency.

Billing Questions

Rice ER practices no surprise billing. We bill your insurance directly. Our goal is to prevent unexpected charges. We work with you as an advocate.

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Average wait times are less than ten minutes.

When it is Time to go to an ER for your Stomach Pain

Stomach pain is so common, it is easy to brush it off and think, “I’ll be better soon.” Then wait for the pain to go away. Some stomach pains are ongoing, while other times, the pain suddenly occurs. If you have any of these symptoms, you should head to an ER:

If you are doubling over in pain and cannot even stand up, get to an ER as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Stomach Pain

There are many causes of stomach pain. Some are more severe than others. Some stomach pains are caused by life-threatening conditions. If you have any of the above listed symptoms, the cause of your stomach pain may be:

What to Expect at the Rice ER

At Rice ER, just as a hospital-connected ER, doctors are board-certified and registered nurses are specially trained to deal with all types of medical conditions. Rice ER is also equipped with in-house imaging services and lab services necessary to determine the cause of your stomach pain.

The difference in what you will find at a hospital-connected ER versus the stand alone Rice ER is in the wait times. Hospital ERs can have long wait-times and may be under-staffed for the volume of people requesting care.

At Rice ER, you will speak to a board-certified physician soon after your arrival, in most cases, within minutes. You will receive all necessary lab and imaging tests and promptly receive the results and a treatment plan established.


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If this is a medical emergency call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.