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  • Abdominal Pain

    Posted on January 29, 2013 by in Heath Care News, News

    Definition

    By Mayo Clinic staff

    Abdominal pain is pain and discomfort that occurs in your abdomen. Your abdomen is the section of your torso between your chest and your pelvis. Other terms used to describe abdominal pain are stomachache, tummy ache, gut ache and belly ache.

    Everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time. Abdominal pain can be mild or severe, and it may be continuous or come and go. Abdominal pain can be short-lived (acute) or occur over weeks and months (chronic).

    Abdominal pain has many potential causes. Many causes aren’t serious, such as gas pains or a pulled muscle.

    Call your doctor right away if you have abdominal pain so severe that you can’t move without causing more pain or you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position. Also seek immediate medical help if pain is accompanied by other worrisome signs and symptoms, such as bloody diarrhea or chest pain.

     

    When to see a doctor

    Call 911 or emergency medical assistance
    Seek help if your abdominal pain is severe and is associated with:

    • Trauma, such as an accident or injury
    • Pressure or pain in your chest

    Seek immediate medical attention
    Have someone drive you to urgent care or the emergency room if:

    • Pain is so severe that you can’t sit still or need to curl into a ball to find relief
    • Pain is accompanied by bloody stools, persistent nausea and vomiting, skin that appears yellow, severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen or swelling of the abdomen

    Schedule a doctor’s visit
    Make an appointment with your doctor if your abdominal pain worries you or lasts more than a few days.

    In the meantime, find ways to ease your pain. For instance, eat smaller meals if your pain is accompanied by indigestion. Avoid taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) because these can cause stomach irritation that may worsen abdominal pain.

    Original Article:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/abdominal-pain/MY00390

     


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