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23 Jul

Abdominal Pain – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview:

 Abdominal pain is pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic regions. Abdominal pain can be cramp, achy, dull, intermittent or sharp. It’s also called a stomachache.

 

Causes:

  • Bloody stools
  • Black tarry stools
  • Dehydration
  • Painful urination
  • Lack of urination
  • Abrupt cessation of bowel movements
  • Dehydration

 

Symptoms:

 Fever, Inability to keep food down for more than 2 days, dehydration, Inability to pass stool, vomiting, Painful or unusually frequent urination, The pain lasts for more than a few hours, constipation, diarrhea, gastroenteritis (stomach flu).

 

Any affecting Organ:

Pain that is generalized throughout the abdomen (not in one specific area) may indicate:

  • appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • traumatic injury
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • urinary tract infection
  • the flu

 

Prevention / Treatment:

Not all forms of abdominal pain are preventable. However, you can minimize the risk of developing abdominal pain by doing the following:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Drink water frequently.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat smaller meals.

 

If you have an intestinal disorder, such as Crohn’s disease, follow the diet your doctor has given you to minimize discomfort. If you have GERD, don’t eat within two hours of bedtime.

 

Lying down too soon after eating may cause heartburn and abdominal pain. Try waiting at least two hours after eating before lying down.

 

Sources:

https://www.medicinenet.com/abdominal_pain_causes_remedies_treatment/article.htm

 

 

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