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.
COMMON CAUSES OF ABDOMINAL PAIN
Whether it’s a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Some of the common causes are
• Menstrual cramps
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Food poisoning
• Food allergies
• Lactose intolerance
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Kidney stones
• Crohns disease
• Urinary tract infection
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
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
• 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!