What is abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain is aching or cramping in or around your belly. The belly pain can be mild or it can be severe and cramping. There are many reasons for belly pain. Sometimes it can be hard to know what the pain is.
Here are some short-term reasons:
Here are some long-term reasons:
Sometimes belly pain is caused by a problem in another part of the body, such as the heart or lungs. An example is when a heart attack causes belly pain. Also, pain can be from an inflamed organ, such as the pancreas, stomach, or uterus.
Complications from belly pain depend on what is actually causing the pain. Get to the clinic right away if you have
It is important for you to get to the clinic. You might also get an infection or already have one. Also, there is the chance that you might have very low blood pressure or you may be bleeding in your insides. Blood can be different colors and be bright red, tar-like, or jelly-like.
Abdominal Pain Complications (continued)
The best treatment depends on the cause of the belly pain. Pain medicine may not be given right away until your provider knows the cause of pain. Aspirin and ibuprofen can make an upset stomach worse. You should not take a laxative or use an enema unless a health care provider tells you to. Take note of what foods, drinks, or medicines make your pain worse.
Some things that you can do might make you feel better:
Put some low heat on your belly. You can use a heating pad or water bottle.
Take a warm bath.
Try relaxation exercises if your cramping pain is from stress.
Take an anti-gas medicine. Your health care provider or pharmacist can help you choose one.
Take an antacid to take away your heartburn, acid reflux, or nausea.
Remember: it is important to visit the clinic if your stomach pain does not go away.
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