Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain is a general term for any pain felt between the chest and the groin. The abdomen contains various organs of our body like the liver, gall bladder, duodenum, kidneys, stomach, spleen, pancreas, small and large intestines, appendix, ovaries, ureter, etc. It is a very common complaint and the seriousness could range from getting resolved on its own to some life-threatening conditions.

What are the symptoms of Abdominal Pain?
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • The presence of blood or mucous in your stool
  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Symptoms like fever, chills, tiredness, weight loss, and blood in urine would indicate any type of infection, inflammation, or malignancy
What are the dietary alterations for Abdominal Pain?
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits.
  • Eat more fibrous food, like sweet potatoes, rolled oats, grains, nuts, etc.
  • Add supplemental fiber to your diet.
  • Add probiotic food to your diet.
  • Try the low FODMAP diet.
When should you worry about Abdominal Pain?
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm -Perforation anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract can be life threatening.
  • Acute bowel obstruction
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Peritonitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ovarian torsion
  • Myocardial infarction.
  • If the pain above your belly becomes worse while you exercise, it can be angina or a cardiac arrest.
What are the treatments for Abdominal Pain?
  • In general, it is not recommended to take pain medications without consulting a doctor, as some pain medications can irritate the digestive tract and make the pain worse.
  • Ulcers can be treated by taking drugs that reduce stomach acid production. This helps ensure that food is properly digested. Pain is relieved as the ulcer heals.
  • Pain due to gallbladder inflammation: is usually treated by removing the gallbladder.
  • Abdominal pain due to constipation: can be prevented or managed by eating more fibrous food.
  • Appendicitis: The appendix is typically removed in order to treat it. Occasionally, medications like analgesics could be prescribed to reduce pain.
  • Kidney stones: are mostly treated based on their size, position of the stones, and their accessibility.  If you are in pain because of a kidney stone, the doctor might prescribe pain killer.
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