Abdominal Pain and What It May Mean
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Abdominal Pain and What It May Mean

When considering the cause of abdominal pain it is helpful to first answer a few important questions about the kind of pain and other factors or symptoms.

When considering the cause of abdominal pain it is helpful to first answer a few important questions about the kind of pain and other factors or symptoms.

• Is the pain severe?

• Do you have a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

• Are you constipated?

• Is there abdominal swelling?

• Is there vomiting?

If the pain is severe and you have any other of the listed symptoms, it is possibly a severe disorder and you should call the doctor at once. These symptoms could indicate Intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, aneurysm, or infection of the covering of the intestinal tract (peritonitis).

If your menstrual period is four or more weeks late, the pregnancy could be developing outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).

If the pain seemed to begin at the small of the back and spread to the genital area, there is the possibility of kidney stones or kidney colic. In either case you should call the doctor.

Diarrhea or vomiting or both could indicate food poisoning or infection of the digestive tract.

After eliminating the above considerations decide if you have either of the following symptoms

• Burning pain of the abdominal skin with tenderness along the pain route?

• Skin blisters?

This is possibly shingles, a virus infection of the sensory nerves.

Pain in the lower abdomen of a woman with green-yellow bad smelling vaginal discharge indicates pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cyst with possible infection of the reproductive organs. Doctor’s care is the appropriate health care.

Pain in the upper right abdomen spreading to the chest, back or shoulders, along with nausea and vomiting may indicate gallstones, pancreatitis, or a heart attack.

Pain in the lower abdomen and vaginal bleeding in females could indicate a number of different disorders and should be diagnosed by a physician.

Mild pain in the lower abdomen, with gas or constipation and any recent diet change indicates gastritis or indigestion.

Recurrent abdominal pain for a week or more could indicate several disorders and should be brought to youe physician’s attention.

According to the Mayo clinic, “Most cases of abdominal pain aren't emergencies. But call your doctor right away if you have abdominal pain so severe that you can't move without causing more pain or you can't sit still or find a comfortable position. Also seek immediate medical help if pain is accompanied by other worrisome signs and symptoms, such as bloody diarrhea or chest pain.”

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An interesting health guide my friend.

Thanks for the tips...