Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2021
Change Language

Abdominal Pain - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Abdominal pain? Types What causes abdominal pain? What are the symptoms of Abdominal Pain? Diagnosis of Abdominal pain Treatment for abdominal pain When should I worry about abdomen pain? How long should Abdominal Pain last?

What is Abdominal pain?

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 are the three types of Abdominal Pain?

Depending on the cause due to which your abdominal region contracts and cause pain here are three types of Abdominal Pain that one may experience:

  • Burning sensation and pain: Some of the common reasons for the pain are an excessive amount of acid in your body causing excess gas and discomfort. One may feel sharp pain with a stuffy feeling in your chest and stomach or in some cases lower abdomen.
  • Bloating or inflammation: Swelling due to external pathogens in your body can cause pain in the abdominal region. Some of the things like kidney or gallbladder stones may cause inflammation in your abdomen region causing intense pain and discomfort.
  • Pinching and sharp sensations: Things like accidents can cause internal or external injuries making the muscles and tissues fragile and damaged. This causes sudden, sharp pain which may be very discomforting.
Summary: Abdominal Pain can be categorized into three types depending on the root cause and its sensation for the patient. Majorly the type of pain is divided into three categories.

What causes abdominal pain?

What are the symptoms of Abdominal Pain?

  • Fever
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Inability to pass feces
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent urination
  • The tender sensation on the abdomen

Where is Abdominal Pain located?

As the name suggests, Abdominal Pain is located within the abdomen region which is under your chest; above your genitals. This area not only includes your stomach but also includes other bodily organs like the liver, pancreas, intestine, appendix, etc. The duration, intestines, and type of pain merely depend on the cause.

Summary: As the name suggests, the location of Abdominal Pain is generally experienced within the abdominal region. It includes the upper, middle, side, and lower abdominal.

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, vomiting, persistent nausea, hematemesis (vomiting blood), high fever, loss of appetite, unexplainable loss of weight, burning sensation while urinating and bloody stools.

Key Highlights

  • Treatable by medical professional
  • Usually self diagnosable
  • Lab test not required
  • Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
  • Non communicable

When should I worry about abdomen pain?

Abdominal Pain is quite common and most of the time does not give you any signs that may result in serious medical conditions. However, if the pain is accompanied by the following symptoms it may lead to a worrisome situation:

  • High fever
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting, especially with blood traces
  • Pain rooting towards your upper or lower body
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Abnormal stool in terms of color, texture, and consistency
  • You may also feel the abdomen region tender, stiff, or hard to touch

Alongside these symptoms, you may feel sudden, sharp, and unbearable intense pain which may last long until get treated.

Summary: In most cases, Abdominal Pain fades away. But in other cases, where the pain is accompanied by other symptoms, in that case, it can be a worrisome situation.

How long should Abdominal Pain last?

Abdominal Pain does not last long more than:

  • One week of mild pain.
  • 24-48 hours of escalating intense pain.
  • Bloating for more than two days.
  • Diarrhoea or constipation more than five days.

The symptoms may vary in each case but if you find yourself in the same situation contact your doctor immediately.

Summary: There are no specific guidelines that have been set to diagnose the serious on the basis of the duration of the pain. However, there are certain things that can be considered to avoid any serious medical complications.
Summary: Abdominal Pain is the unpleasant sensation caused by prolonged pain in the abdominal region. Abdominal Pain is located within the abdomen region which is under your chest; above your genitals. This area not only includes your stomach but also includes other bodily organs like the liver, pancreas, intestine, appendix, etc. The duration, intestines, and type of pain merely depend on the cause.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 27. I went under ovulation test. It was 23 mm in left ovary with 10.7 mm endo thickness. On day 15 the follicle ruptured. I felt so much urge to urinate I peed alot on day 12,14,15th day and back pain, lower abdomen pain. After reputation I saw no discharge. Please let me know the condition. I’m taking come for 3_4 cycles and am a pcod.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
There is nothing like knowing condition. Any couple desirous of pregnancy and not getting same naturally must meet gynecologist or infertility specialist accepting facts that it needs many reports and different trials of treatment. Means couple mu...

Hi doctor, milky white discharge is pregnancy symbol. back pain stomach pain, headache. Breast pain, enlarge. Symptoms of pregnancy.

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE), CCIGC ( GERIATRIC CARE )
General Physician, Sri Ganganagar
It cannot establish pregnancy. Better go for upt or blood beta hcg test for pregnancy confirmation,

I took 2 ipils in 1 week. That was the week soon after my periods. But 2 days later I started bleeding! and sever body pain especially lower abdomen back pain leg pain.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
After taking the high hormonal emergency pill like I pill one gets withdrawal bleeding 5 to 10 days later, and then a new cycle starts. However, taken 2 in a week causes more imbalance of hormones. For complaints meet Gynecologist

Its found in mri that my l3 -l4 and l5-s1 disc have mid posterior bulging. Taking medicine like Mr. table, b-29 tab, gabaneuron tab and doing neck flexion exercise 10 rep thrice since last two months. But still can not stand for more than 10 minutes and while walking for 15 min it starts back pain and leg pain. Please guide treatment and lifestyle to be adopted. Thanks.

MBBS,MD(medicine), sce rheumatology
Rheumatologist, Indore
Hello, if you have already had an mri done and it doesn't show much of a problem other than l3 l4 and l5 -s1 disc bulge please be assured that its most likely lifestyle related. Although, confirmed diagnosis can only be made on direct examination....
1 person found this helpful

Popular Health Tips

Spondylolysthesis - A Condition Which Affects Your Spinal Bones!

Orthopedic Doctor, Jaipur
Spondylolysthesis - A Condition Which Affects Your Spinal Bones!
Spondylolisthesis refers to the condition which affects your spinal bones or lower vertebrae. Due to this condition one of the lower vertebrae overlaps the bone directly beneath it. Although a painful condition, it can certainly be treated with bo...
3456 people found this helpful

Pregnancy & Yoga - Is It Really Effective?

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGD Ultrasonography
Gynaecologist, Ghaziabad
Pregnancy & Yoga - Is It Really Effective?
Yoga is a group of mental, spiritual, and physical disciplines or practices which initiated in ancient India. Yoga uses exercise, meditation, body positions (called postures), and breathing techniques. It helps in improving health and focuses on p...
4559 people found this helpful

Know More About PCOS & Endometriosis!

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS, Masters in Aesthetic Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Know More About PCOS & Endometriosis!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis are common gynecological disorders. According to recent estimates, 5-10% of women are affected by these disorders. Teenage girls and childbearing women are more prone to these problems. Recently, vario...
1923 people found this helpful

Cautious Signs During Pregnancy!

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Raipur
Cautious Signs During Pregnancy!
If you want to have a safe pregnancy by curtailing all sorts of complications, then you have to promptly respond to warning bells. There are certain warning symptoms that should not be neglected at all as that might put your pregnancy in danger. B...
7064 people found this helpful

Uterine Fibroids - Types & Diagnosis Of It!

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Diploma in Reproductive Medicine & Embryology, Fellowship in Gynaecology Endoscopy, certificate of achievement in aesthetic and functional gynecology 2018
Gynaecologist, Raipur
Uterine Fibroids - Types & Diagnosis Of It!
Uterine fibroids are benign tumours that develop within the uterus during a woman s reproductive years when the levels of oestrogen hormone are high. These are usually seen developing between 16-50 years of age and affect nearly 30% of all women b...
3989 people found this helpful
Content Details
Written By
PDCC - Pain Management,MD - Anaesthesiology,DNB Anaesthesiology,MBBS
Orthopaedics
Reviewed By
MD - Consultant Physician
General Physician
Play video
Surgery for Slip Disc - Microdiscectomy
A slipped disc occurs when the outer ring becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. A slipped disc can cause lower back pain, numbness or tingling in your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet.
Play video
Uterine Fibroids
Hi, I am Dr. Puja Sharma, Gynaecologist. Today I will discuss a very common problem i.e. fibroid uterus. If you are at a reproductive age group then you must know about this. What are fibroids? What can happen if they are left untreated? What are ...
Play video
Cervical Cancer
Hi, I am Dr. Anu Sidana, Gynaecologist. Today I will talk about cervical cancer and its preventive measures. What is it? It arises from the mouth of the uterus i.e. cervix. Cancer is an abnormal growth of the cells. Worldwide this is the 4th most ...
Play video
Spine-Related Problems
Hi, I am Dr. Neelabh, Orthopedist. Aaj mai aap ko spine ki problems ke bare mein bataunga. Hum slip disc ya disc prolapse bolte hain. Ismein curvature aage ki tarafa hota hai. Jab ye chhati ki taraf aata hai to ye curvature piche aa jata hai jo ni...
Play video
Lower Back Pain
Hi, I am Dr. Romit Hooda, Orthopedist. Aaj me apko low back pain ke bare me btaunga. Aaj kal ke lifestyle se ye problem patient ko ho jati hai. Iske kafi misconception hain and kayi baar log khud ka hi treatment krte hain. Self-medication krte hai...
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice