I am not feeling well!!! Your hands are crossed over
your abdomen, you
start walking at a slower pace with your back curved, you have the
sensation that your feet will let go at any time. Your face is getting
warmer and your sweating. People around are talking to you, but you
can’t focus on the conversation anymore. All you can think of is “I
really need to lie down.”
There are many reasons why someone could be
experiencing abdominal pain. The origin of the pain could be due to
acute or chronic reasons and may be presented with multiple signs and
symptoms. Examples of acute abdominal pain may include abdominal
aortic aneurysm or ruptured aortic aneurysm, abdominal hernia,
abdominal hysterectomy, abdominal masses, an injury or past surgical
procedure, appendicitis, cholecystitis, crohn's disease, gastritis,
pancreatitis, pyelonephritis, ulcerative colitis, mesenteric vascular
occlusion, pelvic inflammatory disease, ruptured ectopic pregnancy,
ovarian cyst, Giardia, salmonella, obstruction or perforation
of abdominal organ, gastrointestinal bleeding, trauma, example of
chronic abdominal pain may originate from abdominal structures or
may be from a site with the same or a simular nerve supply this may
include irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, diverticulitis,
chronic pancreatitis, hepatitis, cholecystitis, pelvic inflammatory
disease, and vascular insufficiency. The chronic abdominal pain is
often described as dull, aching, or diffuse.
To find your herbal remedies for abdominal pain click here Location of abdominal pain
Abdominal pain is felt in the abdominal region. The pain is not always
the stomach, it may also arise from the tissues of the abdominal wall
such as the
skin and the abdominal muscles. The pain may also originate
from the organs within the abdominal cavity or close to it such as the
stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and
of abdominal pain
The pain is usually caused from the inflammation of the stretching
or distention of an
organ. The pain that comes on suddenly, can suggest a sudden trauma to
abdominal area. This may be caused by the interruption of the blood
supply to the colon
or obstruction of the bile duct by gallstones. Pain in the lower
right abdomen in the appendix is appendicitis. Pain in the lower left
abdomen where most colonic diverticuli are located is
diverticulitis. The cramp-like pain may suggests strong contraction of
the intestines. Constant pain in the upper abdominal region that last
between 30 minutes to several hours, may suggest obstruction of the
bile ducts by gallstones.
Pancreatitis will typically cause severe, steady pain in the upper
abdomen and upper back. This pain may last one or more days. Other
causes may include food
intolerance, hernia, gallbladder disease, kidney stones, constipation
or a bladder infection.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It can occur in %7 to
%12 of the worlds population peaking between the age of 11 and 19 and
males being more affected than female. The obstruction of the lumen by
a fecalith, foreign bodies, tumor of the cecum or the appendix are the
common cause of the appendicitis. This obstruction may result in
distention, accumulation of bacteria, which can lead to gangrene and
In women it may be caused by menstrual cramps, last menstrual
cysts, vaginal discharge, abnormal
vaginal bleeding, the possibility of pregnancy, dyspareunia and pelvic
The duration of abdominal pain
The pain of acid-related disease such as gastroesophageal reflux
disease or duodenal ulcers may last a period of weeks or months during
which the pain is
worse followed by a period of weeks or months during
which the pain is better. Biliary colic lasts no more than several
hours and pancreatitis
may last one or more days.
makes the pain worse?
Abdominal inflammation pain can be aggravated by
sneezing, coughing, or
any sudden harsh movement. During that time most of us prefer
how to relieve the
Bowel movement will temporarily relieve constipation and irritable
Vomiting will temporarily reduce the pain due to obstruction
of the stomach or upper
small intestine by reducing the
is caused by the obstruction.
For ulcers of the stomach or duodenum, eating or taking antacids will
acid that is irritating the ulcers and causing the pain.
Associated signs and symptoms
The presence of fever suggests inflammation. The presence of fever and
diarrhea suggest inflammation of the
intestines that may be infectious
or non- infectious (e.g. ulcerative colitis or
may also experience: change in appetite and bowel habits weight loss,
jaundice, fever and chills, chest pain, back pain,
urine, vomiting, vomiting , blood, diarrhea, constipation, bloody bowel
movements, trouble breathing, prior chest or abdominal trauma,
burning on urination, cough.
to try at home
Here are a few things you may want to try at home to reduce
abdominal pain such as:
Getting some rest until you feel better.
Taking any medication the doctor has prescribed.
Avoiding alcohol and caffeine (coffee, coke etc.).
Avoiding smoking or being surrounded by smoke.
Limiting activities that cause the pain to get worse.
Please consult your Doctor if:
You have a fever over 38°C
You are short of breath
Vomiting frequently or vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds
There is blood in your stool or urine
Have problems urinating
You have sharp, constant pain
There is pain in the groin area
Prevention and relief factors
Do not neglect your bowel movement.
Consume dairy products and fibers with moderation
Avoid foods that may upset your stomach
Avoid large amount of sugar intake
Stay well hydrated
Avoid Alchohol and soda
Cook your food well
A few herbal remedies you may want to try at home.
Ginger which has anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits
can reduce abdominal pain. You can find it in the form of dried ginger
capsule. Take 1 daily.
Peppermint which grows well in many environment can be consumed in the
form of tea. It can help with digestion, stimulates the appetite and
reduces menstrual pain. Take one cups of peppermint tea and ingest very
Camomile will help sooth an aching stomach and calm the nerves causing
Other types of reliefs could include lying on your left side and
applying warm compress where the pain is located.
These are some remedies you can try at home do not take all of them at
once. Depending on the type of abdominal pain you are experiencing talk
to your doctor before using any of these remedies.
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