Abdominal Pain

At some point in our lives, we experience mild to severe abdominal pain. While some pain are not serious and just go away on their own, others are bothersome. So it is important that you don’t the pain lightly. Severe pain can be a sign of an illness which could be serious.

Types of Abdomen Pain

Generally, abdominal pain can be localized, colicky or cramp-like. Localized means that the pain is only limited to a particular area in the abdomen. Colicky feels like a severe muscle spasm. Cramp-like pain, as the term suggests, feels like muscle cramps and usually comes and goes.

The pain can be categorized into two: lower and upper abdomen pain, which can be mild to severe. The pain can be cramp-like, sharp, dull, intermittent or achy.

Lower Abdomen Pain: Possible Causes

Severe abdominal pain in the lower part may indicate appendicitis or intestinal obstruction. For women, it can be a symptom of ectopic pregnancy. Other possible causes include kidney stones, infection or gallbladder stones. However, in most cases, especially if the pain is not that severe or if it is not frequent, the causes may be stress, constipation, diarrhea, stomach flu.

Upper Abdomen Pain: Possible Causes

Pain in the upper abdomen could be caused by gastritis, which is the inflammation of the stomach lining. Other causes include acid reflux, injury, pneumonia, bloating, hepatitis and gallstones.  However, the best way to determine the cause is to have your pain diagnosed by a professional.

Abdomen Pain Treatments

There are various medications and treatments available for abdominal pain. However, treating the pain or taking meds for the pain without consulting a doctor or without proper diagnosis can be dangerous. Abdomen pain is treated based on the underlying cause and the accompanying symptoms.

If you are experiencing a mild or a severe abdominal pain, don’t prolong your agony. Don’t wait for things to get worse. See the doctors and professionals at AZ Pain and Spine Institute. Contact us today and make an appointment.

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