Almost everyone experiences abdominal pain during their lives, and while the pain can be extremely distressing, it's most often a transient pain that isn't caused by any ongoing or serious problems. However, because ongoing or severe pain can sometimes have a more serious cause, it's important to see your doctor if the pain persists or gets worse, or simply if you're concerned about the pain you're experiencing.
Abdominal pain has a wide variety of causes, from simple digestive problems such as indigestion or constipation, to chronic problems such as lactose intolerance, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and more serious conditions such as cancer. For the most part, isolated incidents of abdominal pain are not serious. If the pain persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, prolonged vomiting or constipation, or painful urination, it's best to see your doctor.
Some people may require one or more diagnostic tests to determine the cause of their abdominal pain, in addition to a physical exam and a discussion with your doctor. These might include blood, stool, or urine tests, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, or x-ray.
Abdominal pain treatment varies depending on the cause of the pain. For transient non-serious pain a simple over-the-counter or prescription pain medication might be appropriate; for persistent or serious pain, the appropriate treatment depends largely on the cause. For example, abdominal pain treatment can range from dietary modifications in the case of pain caused by food intolerance, to medications for IBS, ulcers or reflux, to surgery for appendicitis or cancer.
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