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Abdominal Pain - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Abdominal pain is characterized by immense pain and discomfort on and around the abdominal area. Abdominal pain on its own is not fatal or life threatening but can be an underlying symptom of a serious illness.

What causes abdominal pain?

  • Appendicitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ulcers
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gas
  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Stomach virus
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion

Inflammation of the organs which is placed in your abdomen area can also cause extreme abdominal pain. The major organs situated in the abdomen are large intestines, small intestines, kidneys, appendix, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, liver and pancreas. Parasitic, bacterial and viral infections in these organs can irritate the abdomen leading to extreme pain and discomfort.

Causes of abdominal pain in women can be caused due to factors such as:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Miscarriage
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)

Diagnosis of Abdominal pain:

It is vital to seek medical help if you are experiencing abdominal pain. The specialist usually performs tests such as CT scan, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopy, enemas, blood tests, urine test and stool test. The doctor will also ask questions related to the type of pain, the area where the pain persists, the intensity of the pain, the intervals at which the pain occurs, your menstruation cycle (if you are a girl), food products which you have consumed, the time span of this pain, if you are pregnant or not and recent injuries you have experienced.

Treatment for abdominal pain:

Treatment usually depends on the root cause of the pain. It can range from consuming antibiotics prescribed for ulcers, GERD and inflammation. In some cases, if the abdominal pain is caused due to hernia and appendicitis, surgery can be performed. It is important to contact a doctor as soon as possible if you experience difficulty breathing, acute tenderness in and around the abdomen, swelling of the abdomen, yellowness of the eyes or skin, vomitting, persistent nausea, hematemesis (vomiting blood), high fever, loss of appetite, unexplainable loss of weight, burning sensation while urinating and bloody stools.

Abdominal pain can be prevented by eating healthy, drinking water frequently, exercising regularly and eating smaller meals.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Fever Signs of dehydration Inability to pass feces Vomiting Frequent urination Tender sensation on the abdomen

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Functional Abdominal Pain - The Best Way To Manage It!

Dr. K. S Somasekhar Rao 88% (12 ratings)
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Functional Abdominal Pain - The Best Way To Manage It!
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Liver Problems - How they Can be Treated with Homeopathic Remedies?
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MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management, Multidisciplinary pain management course
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Abdominal Pain - Know the Causes Behind It!
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Popular Questions & Answers

Doctors, I am having a intense stomach ache now due to which I can't even sleep. Please suggest me home remedy now as I can't go hospital right away as it's night time please prescribe me with a effective home medicine at the earliest.

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 94% (17613 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, You need to hydrate your body with plenty of water to prevent constipation. Your diet b easily digestible on time to avoid gastric disorder. If, possible go for meditation for 20 mnts. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Colocynth 200-6 pills, thrice. Avoid, junkfood, alcohol & nicotine. Tk, care.
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Dear lybrate-user this is a symptom of gastrities so, ayurveda treatment is too better aand cures immdietly. So you need to take Avipattikara churna 2tsf + YM oil 2tsf Before food. Is more than enough or take Ajavaina 1tsf with hot water 2-3 times a day.

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Piriformis Stretch 1. Lie on your back. ... 2. Cross your left leg over your right so that your left ankle rests on your right knee. 3. Use your hands to grab hold of your left knee and pull it gently toward the opposite shoulder. ... 4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. 5. Relax, and then repeat with the other leg. 6. Repeat this cycle 2 to 4 times.

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