Abdominal pain is pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic regions. Commonly referred to as a stomach ache, abdominal pain can be crampy, achy, dull, intermittent, or sharp.

Whether it’s cramps, a mild stomach ache, or a sharp throb, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Most of the causes are not serious and can be easily diagnosed and treated. However, pain in your abdomen can also be a sign of a more serious illness.

It is imperative to be able to recognize symptoms that are severe and know when to call a doctor. Severe symptoms of abdominal pain are typically accompanied by:

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  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Inability to keep food down for more than 2 days
  • Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
  • Painful or unusually frequent urination
  • The abdomen is tender to the touch
  • The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
  • The pain lasts for more than a few hours

If you are vomiting blood, have bloody stool, having difficulty breathing, or experiencing abdominal pain while pregnant, seek medical care immediately!

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Treating abdominal pain really depends on the cause and severity of the pain. Some common causes include:

  • Gas/Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach virus
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Food poisoning/allergies
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ulcers
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hernia
  • Gallstones/Kidney stones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Appendicitis

If you are having severe abdominal pain, accompanied by any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact South Lake Pain Institute today!