Everybody gets stomachaches or cramps every now and then. These pains usually are nothing to worry about, and they eventually pass. However, some abdominal pains can be sharp and sudden, sometimes so intense that they require you to sit or lay down. In some cases, these pains require an examination by a physician. If the pain is severe, sudden, or interrupts your life; if you are pregnant; if you just finished eating; or if the pain started as all over, then reduced down to one area, it’s recommended that you visit the ER to get checked out.
In addition, abdominal pain that is accompanied by any of the following will require medical attention:
Tests such as ultrasound and blood or urine tests may be used to determine a diagnosis.
There are many things that can cause abdominal pain. Some are more difficult to diagnose, though some are fairly obvious based on the symptoms that are presented. Some things that can cause discomfort are:
Treatment for abdominal pain depends on the diagnosis of the problem. Issues such as appendicitis, a cyst or a hernia most often require surgery. Conditions such as diverticulitis or ulcers, on the other hand, can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes. Infections can be treated with medications. Food poisoning may not require any intervention, though IVs may be needed if there is dehydration. Feel free to ask your physician any questions you have about your condition to ensure that you fully understand the diagnosis and treatment.