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Abdominal pain diagnosis
This article discusses clues to diagnosing the cause and severity of abdominal pain. See abcominal pain for a detailed discussion of the potential causes and what to do for your symptoms.
Abdominal pain can represent many different types of problems besides a simple stomach ache. It can even be from pain in the pelvis (like menstrual cramps), back (like kidney stones ), or chest (like a heart attack or heartburn). Some of the key information to diagnose abdominal pain includes:
Two common conditions that you may worry about if you have abdominal pain are appendicitis or an ulcer . An inflamed appendix generally starts with pain in the center of the abdomen, around the umbilicus (belly button), followed by loss of appetite and nausea and then by fever. As appendicitis worsens, the pain generally migrates to the right lower abdomen. An inflamed appendix can rupture and should be treated as a medical emergency.
Ulcers often produce pain in the upper, central abdomen (called the epigastrium), a few hours after eating or during the night. Taking antacids may relieve the pain. The risks from an ulcer include bleeding or rupture.
Call your local emergency room (such as 911) if:
Call your doctor if:
Update Date: 1/12/2004Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, Ma., and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M, Inc.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT