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Abdominal Pain

Information About Abdominal Pain

We Have to Know about the Abdominal Pain

  • When the problem is in your abdomen: The site, duration, character, relieving and aggravating factors of the pain are taken into consideration
  • When the problem is outside of your abdomen: Diseases of the vertebral column, heart attack, lungs, brain, diabetic ketoacidosis, acute intermittent porphyria, lead poisoning, and sickle cell anemia

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Is the pain severe and sudden?
  • Are there associated signs like severe vomiting, distension of abdomen constipation(decreased frequency of bowel
  • movements less than 3 times a week) or obstipation (constipation +absence of flatus also), diarrhea, fainting sensation?

Causes of Abdominal Pain

Pain that occurs in half or more of the abdomen -generalized pain, – caused by indigestion and the stomach flu

  • Abdominal pain may also radiate to back, shoulder, neck, and groin
  • In Infants- Colic
  • In children – minor disruptions of normal body functions, organic disorders or emotional problems. urinary tract infection, milk intolerance, appendicitis(most common)
  • Pylori (gram-negative bacilli) which causes gastric ulcer
  • Kidney stones, gallstones 

Do’s and Don’ts of Abdominal Pain

  • Do’s – alcohol consumption and smoking should be avoided, drinking a large  amount of water is necessary
  • Don’ts – spicy food should not be taken

Signs & Symptoms of Abdominal Pain

  • Colicky pain
  • Jaundice and vomiting
  • Blood in the urine
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Vomiting of blood and/or blood passed per rectum
  • Epigastric pain

In infants and children

  • Crying, Irritability, restlessness, sudden refusal to eat
  • Irritability and pulling the legs up to the stomach

Medical advice for Abdominal Pain

  • If pain continues to persist and doesn’t relieve on taking rest

Risk factors of Abdominal Pain

  • By doing heavy works, spicy food, alcohol consumption, smoking, in late stages it may cause cancer of the part involved

Treatment for Abdominal Pain

  • Depends on the cause

Self-care for Abdominal Pain

  • Medication is taken regularly

Investigations for Abdominal Pain

  • Blood, urine and stool tests
  • X-rays of the abdomen
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen
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