3D man with Intestinal problems sitting on the toilet
Everybody at one point or another has/will experience abdominal pain. Most of the causes are not serious and can be readily diagnosed and treated. However, abdominal pain can also be a sign of a serious illness. It’s important to be able to recognize symptoms that are severe and know when to call a doctor.
Whether it’s a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Some of the common causes are
• Indigestion
• Constipation
• Menstrual cramps
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Food poisoning
• Food allergies
• Gas
• Lactose intolerance
• Ulcers
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Hernia
• Gallstones
• Kidney stones
• Endometriosis
• Crohns disease
• Urinary tract infection
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
• Appendicitis.

Important Symptoms to look out for
If abdominal pain is severe or recurrent, or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately
• Fever
• Inability to keep food down for more than 2 hours
• Any signs of dehydration
• Inability to pass stool, especially if it is accompanied by nausea
• Painful or unusual frequent urination.
• The abdomen is tender to touch
• The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
• The pain lasts for more than a few hours.

It is important to visit a doctor whenever any of these symptoms occur. Stay healthy!




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