Abdominal Pain: Causes, Types, and Remedies

 Abdominal Pain: Causes, Types, and RemediesAbdominal pain or stomach aches don’t always mean repeated trips to the comfort room. In fact, there are many potential implications. It could vary from diarrhea or constipation to debilitating dysmenorrhea and it can even be an indication of more serious conditions like appendicitis or kidney stones. This isn’t surprising since the abdominal region — the area between the chest and pelvic area — houses many major organs.

What Causes Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be caused by infection, abnormal growth, inflammation, blockage, and disorders of the organs found in the abdominal area. Because of this, the pain can arise from different regions of the abdomen.

When your abdomen hurts, the location of the pain can give a clue to its cause. The following are possible implications of abdominal pain. If you’re feeling any of these, consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Generalized pain throughout the abdomen may indicate:

  • Appendicitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Traumatic Injury
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Urinary tract infection
  • The flu

 

Pain concentrated in the lower abdomen may be caused by:

  • Appendicitis
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Ectopic pregnancy (for women)

 

Pain in the upper abdomen may be brought by:

  • Gallstones
  • Heart attack
  • Hepatitis
  • Pneumonia

 

Pain on the center of the abdomen might indicate:

  • Appendicitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Injury
  • Uremia

 

Pain in the lower left abdominal pain might be from:

  • Kidney infection
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Appendicitis

 

Potential causes of upper left abdominal pain:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fecal impaction
  • Injury
  • Kidney infection
  • Heart attack
  • Cancer

 

Lower right abdominal pain might indicate:

  • Appendicitis
  • Hernia
  • Kidney infection
  • Flu
  • Cancer

  

Pain in the upper right abdominal pain may be caused by:

  • Hepatitis
  • Injury
  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis

 

Pain focused in the upper middle abdominal may be caused by:

  • Peptic ulcer
  • Muscle tear
  • Hernia
  • Aneurysm

 

Additionally, there are three types of abdominal pain:

  1. Localized pain is felt in one particular area of the abdomen. This is often caused by problems in a certain organ like stomach ulcers.
  2. Cramp-like pain is linked to diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or flatulence. It can also be associated with menstrual cramps, miscarriage or complications in reproductive organs in women.
  3. Colicky pain feels like sudden severe muscle spasms. This pain is a symptom of more serious conditions like gallstones or kidney stones.

 

Remedies for Less Serious Abdominal Pain

 For less serious abdominal pain like menstrual or stomach cramps, these home remedies can help ease the pain:

  • Baking soda mixed with water – You can make a natural antacid by mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda with a half cup of water. This can relieve heartburn and stomach cramps.
  • Sipping a cup of tea can calm stomach muscles. Tea can help with abdominal gas and menstrual cramps.
  • For abdominal pain brought by dysmenorrhea or the flu, taking OTC pain relievers can ease your pain.

If the pain in the abdomen is accompanied by bloody stool, high fever, vomiting, difficulty breathing or swelling and tenderness of the abdomen, seek immediate medical care.

Know more about dysmenorrhea, a type of abdominal pain here.

 

If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
ASC Ref code: U052P112717A, U055P112717A, U054P112717A, U053P112717A

 

Sources:

https://www.epainassist.com/abdominal-pain/19-safe-and-natural-home-remedies-for-abdominal-pain-or-stomach-ache

https://www.healthline.com/symptom/abdominal-pain

https://www.medicinenet.com/abdominal_pain_causes_remedies_treatment/article.htm

 

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