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Abdominal Pain Symptoms

Abdominal Pain Symptoms
What is abdominal pain?

Symptoms of abdominal pain
Before you think about going to see a doctor for abdominal pain, it's best to learn how to describe your discomfort.  Abdominal pain can be characterized as:

  • dull
  • sharp
  • crampy
  • intense
  • acute
  • chronic

Other symptoms
We know that abdominal pain can be uncomfortable.  But it may not be the only symptom that you are experiencing.  It helps to keep track of any additional symptoms that accompany abdominal pain.  Some possible symptoms that might accompany abdominal pain include:

  • constipation
  • cramping
  • diahrrea
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fever
  • painful urination
  • simple gas
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

When to seek help
Acute localized pain starts suddenly but chronic pain can be present for weeks or months.  Severe pain in the abdomen doesn't always mean a serious problem. Nor does mild abdominal pain mean that a problem is not serious.  So how do you know when to see a doctor? 

If you suspect that your abdominal pain is serious, seek help immediately.  Otherwise, schedule a visit with your doctor to learn more about the  cause of your discomfort. Call your doctor if mild abdominal pain lasts a week or more or if you experience pain at the same time as other symptoms. Get medical help immediately if:

  • You have abdominal pain that is sudden and sharp
  • You also have pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • You're vomiting blood or have blood in the urine or stool
  • Your abdomen is stiff, hard and tender to touch
  • You can't move your bowels, especially if you're also vomiting

Remember, abdominal pain is common.  But if your pain is prolonged or severe, you may need immediate medical attention.  To learn more about how to diagnose abdominal pain, continue reading.

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