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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain, or a stomachache, is any type of pain that occurs between your chest and pelvic areas. The pain can feel aching, dull, sharp, constant or intermittent. Abdomen pain can be caused by disease, infection or inflammation, and affects your major organs within that region.

The major organs in your abdomen include:

  •      kidneys
  •      intestines (large and small)
  •      appendix
  •      spleen
  •      liver
  •      gallbladder
  •      pancreas

Common conditions that cause abdominal pain include:

  •      constipation
  •      gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
  •      diarrhea
  •      vomiting
  •      stress
  •      acid reflux
  •      irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  •      Crohn’s disease
  •      lactose intolerance
  •      gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  •      kidney stones
  •      gallbladder stones
  •      kidney infection
  •      organ rupture
  •      hernia

Because there are many different types of pain, symptoms will depend on what is happening in your body. Some common symptoms of abdominal pain include:

  •      cramps
  •      sharp pain
  •      localized pain (in one area of the abdomen)
  •      diarrhea
  •      bloating
  •      vomiting
  •      flatulence

If you experience more severe symptoms, you should consult with your doctor immediately. Some more severe symptoms of abdominal pain include:

  •      blood in stool
  •      fever
  •      swelling or tenderness in abdomen
  •      difficulty breathing
  •      long-term nausea or vomiting
  •      vomiting up blood
  •      yellowing of your skin or eyes

Treatment for abdominal pain depends on the root cause. To diagnose what’s going on in your body, a doctor may run a series of tests, including: an MRI scan, ultrasound, x-ray, colonoscopy, endoscopy, or upper GI test.

Treatment for abdominal pain may involve taking medications, changing your diet or portion size or incorporating regular exercise into your day to day routine.