Treatment options may include:
- Avoid Alcohol
- Avoid Smoking
- BRAT Diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
- Eat Smaller Amounts of Food
- Ingest Lemon or Lime Juice
- Abdominal Cramping
Diagnostic tests may include:
- Blood sample
- Imaging Tests (MRI, Ultrasound, and X-ray)
- Physical Exam (pressing down on parts of the abdomen, checking for tenderness and swelling)
- Stool sample
- Upper GI
- Urine Sample
Generalized: pain felt in more than half of the stomach
Localized: pain felt only one in part of the stomach
Cramp-like: from diarrhea, bloating, gas, menstrual related, constipation
Colicky: severe pain often from gallstones, kidney stones
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Abdominal Muscle Injury
- Crohn’s Disease
- Food Allergy
- Food Poisoning
- Gallbladder Attack
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Incarcerated Hernia
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Stones
- Lactose Intolerance
- Parasitic Infections
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Peptic Ulcer
- Stomach Virus
- The most common cause of abdominal pain are related to the digestive system.
- Sudden, severe pain should be treated with immediate medical attention.
- Most abdominal pain will go away with no medical treatment.
- Mild cases of abdominal pain can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI) and constipation are the most common reasons for abdominal pain and adults over 50 years old.