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    stomach pain; stomach ache

    Do stomach pain and stomach ache have the same meaning?

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    Yes, but stomach ache is far more commonly used in my experience.

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    For me there is a difference. A stomache ache is something that results from over-eating; a pain in my stomach is sharper, and may be caused by some illness or injury.

    However, this may be just a personal thing; I note that OALD defines 'stomach ache' as 'pain in or near your stomach'.

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me there is a difference. A stomache ache is something that results from over-eating; a pain in my stomach is sharper, and may be caused by some illness or injury.

    However, this may be just a personal thing; I note that OALD defines 'stomach ache' as 'pain in or near your stomach'.
    As an ex-GP, I can confirm your usage. 'Pain' does have more of a connotation of severity, acuteness and probable pathology than does 'ache'.

    Note: "Stomach" is often used by lay people for abdomen. Many (?most) abdominal aches/pains are not stomach-related. The generic medical term for these things is 'abdo pain'.

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Do stomach pain and stomach ache have the same meaning?
    New (and newish) members may like to be informed (or reminded) that by entering this thread title (and many another one) into the search box at the very top of the page, you can find links to lots of other discussions on the subject.

    There's an interesting one, for example, on the comparative usage of stomach ache/stomachache.

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    As an ex-GP, I can confirm your usage. 'Pain' does have more of a connotation of severity, acuteness and probable pathology than does 'ache'.

    Note: "Stomach" is often used by lay people for abdomen. Many (?most) abdominal aches/pains are not stomach-related. The generic medical term for these things is 'abdo pain'.
    Does "GP" stand for general practitioner?

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    Re: stomach pain; stomach ache

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Does "GP" stand for general practitioner?
    Yes. A 'general practitioner' or GP, at least in BrE/AusE, is normally understood to be a medical doctor.
    However, you can be a general practitioner in law, architecture, or many other fields, and maybe that term is used within those professions without qualifying it. But lay people would generally assume you are a medical person if you say you're a GP.

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