Almost every person will go through some degree of abdominal pain at one point in their life. Even if the pain is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctors to have it diagnosed, it will still be present.
For patients who do make this trip, many will find that abdominal pain is normally a minor concern that is easily corrected with proper diagnosis and treatment. Though often minor, it is still possible for abdominal pain to be a sign of the presence of a serious condition that has not yet caused other symptoms.
What causes Abdominal Pain?
Abdominal pain can be a common symptom of many different conditions, including a routine stomach virus, kidney stones, food poisoning, urinary tract infection, hernia, menstrual cramps, or irritable bowel disease among others. Pain may range from mild indigestion to severe cramping to a burning, stabbing pain felt in the pit of the stomach.
Abdominal pain can also be directly caused by the compression of one or more nerves related to one of the abdominal organs. For some patients, pain felt in the abdominal region will not have a singular cause and simply be a by-product of other conditions.
The symptoms of Abdominal Pain
The exact symptoms experienced by the patient will depend on the cause of the pain. There are a number of symptoms shared between conditions.
The first symptom felt is simply pain in the abdomen. This pain may be accompanied by constipation or a feeling of bladder urgency. It may also prevent the patient from being able to retain food in the stomach. If pain is felt in tandem with pain in the spine, it is likely that one or more spinal nerves are compressed.
How is Abdominal Pain diagnosed?
The first step in achieving an accurate diagnosis of what is causing the pain is to obtain the patient’s medical history while documenting exactly what symptoms are present and the events leading to their presence.
A number of possible causes will be narrowed down using a process of elimination as diagnostic tests and imaging techniques are administered. Some patients may be subjected to an invasive technique called laparoscopy which uses a small lighted tube inserted into the abdomen. This allows the physician to physically examine what is occurring within the patient, and is the primary diagnostic tool used to identify internal causes such as infection.
Treatment options for Abdominal Pain
The treatment options available to the patient will be based on finding the root cause of pain. This may require multiple visits to the clinic as diagnosis is often a process of elimination. Patients with a known singular cause will often be prescribed medication to provide symptomatic relief until the root cause can be handled.
For patients who do not have a singular diagnosable cause of pain, medication will be provided to help mask the symptomatic pains until, hopefully, the pain subsides.
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