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Abdominal Pain

Just about everybody will experience abdominal pain at one time or another. Most of the causes are not serious and can be readily diagnosed and treated. However, pain can also be a sign of a serious illness, especially if it's severe, persistent or accompanied with other symptoms.

Symptoms

If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible:

  • Fever
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Painful or unusually frequent urination
  • Abdominal tenderness

Seek immediate medical care for abdominal pain if you:

  • Vomit blood
  • Have bloody stools
  • Have difficulty breathing

Causes

Whether it's a mild stomach ache, sharp pain or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Some of the more common causes include:

Diagnosis 

Because there are so many potential causes of abdominal pain, your health care provider will perform a thorough physical exam, discuss the type of symptoms you are experiencing and ask several questions about the pain you are feeling. Your digestive health care provider may also order tests to help find the underlying cause of your pain.

Treatment

Treating abdominal pain depends on its underlying cause.

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1070 Vinehaven Drive NE
Concord, North Carolina 28025
Phone: (704)783-1840
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