Tiger Woods Mother-in-law Hospitalized

As if Tiger Woods didn’t have enough going on his life, this morning an ambulance was called to his house and his mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, was taken to Health Central Hospital– the same one where Tiger was seen after his now infamous car accident two weeks ago. Ms. Holmberg was complaining of stomach pain, and is hospitalized in stable condition. Ms. Holmberg, 57, is a well known Swedish politician in her own right.

Almost everyone has had a stomach ache at some point in their life, and most episodes are not serious and are self limited. There are many different causes of abdominal pain, which include (along with links of stories we’ve done about them):

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach “flu”
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies
  • Gas
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ulcers
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hernia
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Endometriosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

When to contact a Physician

Seek immediate medical help or call your local emergency number (such as 911) if you:

  • Are currently being treated for cancer
  • Are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
  • Are vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)
  • Have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Have sudden, sharp abdominal pain
  • Have pain in, or between, your shoulder blades with nausea
  • Your belly is rigid, hard, and tender to touch
  • You are pregnant or could be pregnant
  • You have had a recent injury to your abdomen
  • You are having difficulty breathing

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longer
  • Abdominal pain that does not improve in 24 – 48 hours, or is becoming more severe and frequent
  • Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
  • Burning sensation when you urinate or frequent urination
  • Diarrhea for more than 5 days, or if your infant or child has diarrhea for more than 2 days or vomiting for more than 12 hours — call right away if a baby younger than 3 months has diarrhea or vomiting
  • Fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children) with your pain
  • Prolonged poor appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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