Why is Abdominal Pain Cause for Concern?


Abdominal pain may be cause for concern.


Most people, at some point in their life, will experience abdominal pain. Many causes may not be serious and can be readily diagnosed and treated. However, pain can also be a sign of a serious illness and disease. It’s important to be able to recognize symptoms that are severe and know when to call a doctor.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?

Whether it is a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain has numerous causes. Anytime pain persists for more than a few weeks, please call us immediately for an appointment at 210-268-0124 or visit  sagidoc online. Most of the causes of abdominal pain include:

What Symptoms of Abdominal Pain Are Cause for Concern?

If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Anytime pain persists for more than a few weeks, please call us immediately for an appointment at 210-268-0124 or visit  sagidoc online.

The following are causes for concern when accompanying abdominal pain:

  • Fever
  • Inability to keep food down for several days
  • Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody stools
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Painful or unusually frequent urination
  • The pain occurs during pregnancy
  • The abdomen is tender to the touch
  • The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen in the previous days
  • The pain lasts for several days

These symptoms can be an indication of an internal problem that requires treatment as soon as possible.

How Is the Cause of Abdominal Pain Determined?

Because there are so many potential causes of abdominal pain, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, discuss with you the type of symptoms you are experiencing, and ask you several related questions about the pain you are feeling and may require a procedure to “scope” out the problem.  Questions may include:

  • What type of pain are you experiencing?
  • Is the pain throughout your abdomen or is it confined to a particular area?
  • Where in your abdomen does the pain seem to be located?
  • What type of pain are you experiencing and is it stabbing and severe? Is it a dull ache?
  • When does the pain occur? Always? More often in the morning or at night? If the pain comes and goes, about how long does it last each time? Does it occur after eating certain types of foods or after drinking alcohol? During menstruation?
  • How long have you had this pain?
  • Does the pain also radiate into your lower back, shoulder, groin, or buttocks?
  • Are you currently taking any medications or herbal supplements?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Does any activity such as eating or lying on one side relieve the pain?
  • Have you been injured recently?

Once an initial evaluation has been completed, we may have you undergo some tests to us diagnose your pain. These may include stool or urine tests, blood tests, barium swallows or enemas, an endoscopy, X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.

How Is Abdominal Pain Treated?

Treating abdominal pain depends on its cause. This can range from medications for inflammation, GERD, or ulcers, to antibiotics for infections, to changes in personal behavior for abdominal pain caused by certain foods or beverages. In some cases such as appendicitis and a hernia, a surgical procedure may be necessary.

For more information on abdominal pain visit www.webmd.com, call us for an appointment at 210-268-0124 or visit  sagidoc online.