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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be felt anywhere between chest and groin. Pain could be mild, moderate or severe. It may be dull or acute.
Almost everyone has experienced pain at one time or another. Most of the time pain in stomach is not a serious cause of concern but severe abdominal pain is a cause of concern. If pain starts suddenly and un expectedly, it should be regarded as an emergency.

Symptoms

Pain in abdomen can be of various intensities and nature. It can be:
• Sharp, stabbing cramp like pain
• Brief pain that may come or go
• Pain associated with vomiting

Causes

Various conditions are associated with abdominal pain . Causes of abdominal pain include:
• Constipation
• Irritable bowel syndromes
• Food allergies
• Food poisoning
• Menstrual pain
Sudden, severe abdominal pain:
• Abdominal infection
• Appendicitis
• A perforated peptic ulcer
• Galls tones
• Kidney stones
• Diverticulitis : Inflammation of small pouches that are part of the bowel
Other common causes in adults are:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Crohn's disease
• Urinary tract infection
• Long term Peptic ulcer
• Constipation
• Heartburn and acid reflux
Common Causes in children
• Constipation
• Urinary tract Infection
• Anxiety
• Heartburn and acid reflux

Diagnosis

Generally abdominal pain goes with the time but if the pain does not subside one should seek medical help .

Treatments

Generally, treatment for abdominal pain depends upon its causes.
• Treatment vary from medications for inflammation of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Ulcers
• Use antibiotics in case of infections
• Modify your eating habits
• In some conditions it may require surgical treatment like in appendicitis or hernia (inguinal and umbilical)
Seek your doctors advice before going in for any treatment.

References:
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