Your abdomen is closely located to vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas, and any persistent or sudden pain should in this region not be ignored. Chronic pain in the abdomen may be a sign of some underlying medical condition, and you must get it checked by a specialist doctor to avoid it from turning critical or even life-threatening. The top-rated doctors at the Century Medical and Dental Center determine the signs, severity, and location of your abdominal pain to find out what is causing it and come up with positive solutions to alleviate your discomfort.
Pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic regions is called abdominal pain. This pain can be crampy, achy, dull, intermittent, or sharp. It is also called a stomach ache.
Stomach pain or abdominal ache can range from bloating and indigestion to severe and sharp, stabbing pain. Symptoms of stomach pain depend on the cause. It can be dull or sharp, constant or occur from time to time, and mild or severe. Starting from the abdomen, it could also radiate to other areas such as the back, flank, or shoulders.
Sometimes inflammation diseases that affect the organs in the abdomen can cause pain. Major organs located in this vicinity include:
Viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections that affect the stomach and intestines may also cause significant abdominal discomfort. The best primary care doctors use advanced diagnostic methods to figure out what your signs of abdominal pain mean and work hard to provide quick and lasting relief.
There are many reasons you may feel a sudden onset of abdominal pain. This kind of pain is intense and requires immediate medical attention. It could be:
If you suspect you have appendicitis, are having issues with ruptured ovaries or hormonal imbalance, seek help from a primary care doctor as soon as possible, as these problems can turn critical if left untreated.
Stabbing pain involves an influx of pain all at one instant. You will feel as if you are being stabbed by some sharp object, like a knife.
If you experience piercing, knife-like aching pain in your upper abdomen, between your ribcage, it may be a sign of some underlying heart issue. Nausea, chills, fever, and vomiting in addition to stabbing pain, can be dangerous. Stabbing pain is often caused by indigestion or gas, but if these symptoms are followed by shortness of breath, it could be related to the heart.
If you have been experiencing these symptoms persistently, contact your primary care doctor to get yourself tested for heart and kidney problems, as they are serious issues that can turn life-threatening. The doctor may also recommend an ultrasound or CT scan to confirm or rule out the presence of a kidney stone.
Some stomach pains are different as they are persistent and you get so used to them that you begin to think they do not require medical attention. However, frequent pain in the lower regions of the stomach that comes with bloating, diarrhea, or weight loss could be a sign of some underlying condition and must be determined by an experienced doctor.
Some health conditions that cause lasting pain include:
Stomach ache resulting after eating a big meal or something that did not go well with you is normal, but if you feel persistent and troubling pain without any apparent reason, get it checked by a healthcare provider. Abdominal pain and its symptoms can tell you a lot about your health and any underlying conditions it may be resulting from.
Many health conditions can lead to abdominal pain. They may include:
Doctors determine the causes of abdominal pain by relying on the characteristic of the pain, collecting the patient’s medical history, conducting a physical exam and blood tests. They may suggest endoscopy if they are unable to detect the source of pain.
Mild abdominal pain may go away without requiring any treatment, but moderate to severe and persistent pain should be checked over by a doctor. If your abnormal pain is getting intolerable or associated with trauma such as an accident or you are not sure what is happening, a trip to the emergency may be the best option.
You must seek immediate medical help if your pain is accompanied by these symptoms:
Any urgent or non-urgent pain can become serious if the symptoms are not attended timely. Pain that does not feel normal or results in unusual symptoms should not be taken lightly as it could lead to life-threatening complications.
The experienced and board-certified internal medicine doctors at the Century Medical and Dental Center are ready to find the source of your pain based on your signs and symptoms. Using the most up-to-date diagnostic tests and multidisciplinary tools, the specialists strive to know what is wrong with you and come up with solutions to provide quick and last relief. They keep an eye on your symptoms and ensure your abdominal pain and accompanying warning signs do not turn serious, and you get the best care for your pain and related conditions.SHARE THIS POST Page Updated on Nov 26, 2021 by Dr. Dvorkina (Primary Care Doctor) of Century Medical & Dental Center
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