Abdominal pain is discomfort or a dull ache in the area between the chest and the pelvis. It can be caused by a wide range of conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as indigestion, constipation, or inflammatory bowel disease
- Reproductive issues, such as menstrual cramps or endometriosis
- Urinary issues, such as a urinary tract infection or kidney stones
- Other causes, such as a viral or bacterial infection, a hernia, or a liver or gallbladder problem.
Symptoms of abdominal pain can include:
- Cramping or a sharp pain
Diagnosis of abdominal pain usually involves a physical examination, a review of your medical history, and possibly some tests, such as blood or urine tests, or imaging tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound.
Treatment for abdominal pain will depend on the underlying cause. Some common treatments include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Changes in diet, such as eating smaller, more frequent meals or avoiding certain foods
- Medications to treat specific conditions, such as antibiotics for a urinary tract infection
- Surgery to correct certain conditions, such as a hernia.
It is important to consult your doctor if you experience abdominal pain that is severe, persistent, or accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, vomiting, or blood in your stool.
To discuss examination and treatment options, please book an appointment with our GPs.
To learn more about abdominal pain, Please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stomach-ache/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych