Is My Abdominal Pain a Concern?

Everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time. It can be mild or severe, acute or chronic, and contagious or non-contagious. But, what do you do when it’s more severe than a stomachache or minor cramp?

When to See Your Doctor About Abdominal Pain…

Seek medical help immediately if:

What Could My Abdominal Pain Be?

The following conditions are commonly cause abdominal pain that might be alarming and, at times, painful.

Kidney Stones. If your pain is severe and comes in waves — starting and stopping repeatedly — it may be a sign of kidney stones.
Appendicitis. If your pain is in the lower and upper right abdomen and is persistent, it might be appendicitis. Contact your physician if you have other symptoms of appendicitis such as nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal bloating, and severe pain when you cough or walk.
Indigestion, gas, and bloating. Pain caused by cramping and bloating is usually a sign that your digestive system is dealing with offending food items and then it passes after that food is digested or passed through to your large intestine.
Colon Disease/Cancer. This is less likely, but pain combined with other symptoms like blood in your stool, you may want to get screened.

Many other things can cause abdominal pain. If your abdominal pain lasts longer than a couple days and is becoming more severe, contact your physician immediately.

Call Dr. Sachse at (571) 512-5300 if you’re suffering from abnormal abdominal pain.

You Might Also Enjoy...

7 Signs You're Suffering from Acid Reflux

7 Signs You're Suffering from Acid Reflux

Everyone gets heartburn now and then after wolfing down lasagna or raiding the fridge at midnight. But when “now and then” turns into “all the time,” it’s time to seek help. Here are seven signs you may be at that point.
How to Avoid a Repeat Hernia Surgery

How to Avoid a Repeat Hernia Surgery

Hernias may not be life-threatening, but they can cause some uncomfortable symptoms, and they won’t go away on their own. Treatments are available, but hernias have a habit of coming back. Here’s how to keep them from recurring.
How to Avoid Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

How to Avoid Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

It’s odd to think that any of your body parts are expendable, but there are a couple you can get by without if need be, and your gallbladder is one of them. Here’s how to live life comfortably when your gallbladder is gone.

Are You a Candidate for Acid Reflux Surgery?

Whether you have occasional heartburn or frequent, severe acid reflux, chances are you get antacids from the pharmacy. But what can you do if medications don’t help? That’s when it’s time to learn about acid reflux surgery.

Increased Cancer Risk with Obesity

Did you know that in addition to increasing your risk of high blood pressure, Diabetes, and heart disease, obesity increases your risk of cancer?