1. What are the causes of stomach pain?
The common causes of stomach pain includes indigestion, gas, constipation, periods in women, ulcers, hernia, food poisoning or allergy, lactose intolerance, pelvic inflammatory disease, kidney stones, gallstones and gastro oesophageal reflux disease.
2. Under what circumstances is immediate physician attention required?
Seek medical attention immediately if: pain does not reduce with time and is recurring frequently, a woman is pregnant, experience chest pain along with stomach pain, stomach pain is due to a wound or injury and if the stomach is tender.
3. What symptoms occurring with stomach pain require immediate medical attention?
Consult a doctor immediately if following symptoms are experienced during stomach pain: severe vomiting and dehydration, presence of blood in stools or vomit, swelling of the abdomen, fever, frequent and painful urination, constipation, frequent thirst, skin discolouration and problems in breathing.
4. How will the doctor find out the cause of stomach pain?
Doctor will perform a physical examination and suggests some tests for the diagnosis of the underlying cause of stomach pain. Some recommended lab tests include: imaging techniques such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and endoscopy, and Barium swallows or enemas.
5. What are the different types of stomach pain?
Stomach pain can be of the following types: colicky pain is generally linked with various underlying conditions like gallstones or kidney stones, cramp-like pain is usually associated with bloating, flatulence, menses, miscarriage or complications of the female reproductive system and localised pain is limited to a specific region and is generally due to stomach ulcers.
The pain occurring in the area between the chest and pelvic region is known as stomach pain or stomach ache or abdominal pain. The stomach pain can be caused by either virus or bacteria or parasite. Stomach pain can be sharp, intermittent, crampy, or achy. Stomach pain can be due to inflammation or diseases that affect the abdominal organs. The major abdominal organs are:
The large and small intestine
Abdominal or stomach pain be caused by many conditions; however, the main causes are:
Other common causes of stomach pain are:
Diseases that induce stomach pain are:
Severe stomach ache can be caused by:
The stomach pain can be characterized into 3 types of pain:
Generalized pain throughout the abdomen indicates:
Lower stomach pain indicates:
Lower stomach pain specifically in women:
Upper stomach pain:
Stomach pain in the center:
Following are the symptoms indicating emergency medical attention:
Following are the diagnostic methods for stomach pain:
All kinds of stomach pain cannot be prevented; however, the risk of developing severe stomach pain can be prevented by the following ways:
Follow the diet given by the doctor if an individual has Crohn’s diseases or GERD to minimize the discomfort. Lying down soon after eating increases the chances of heartburn and stomach pain, hence avoid it.