Abdominal pain is one of the more common problems that may affect more than 90% of the population. The intensity of the pain may often scare us, but it is not necessarily due to something serious. However, lingering symptoms can indicate a chronic disease that should be treated.
If any kind of pain lasts more than two weeks (long-term bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, etc) you should consult with your doctor for a full diagnosis. The location, chronology, severity, aggravating and alleviating factors, and associated symptoms helps your health practitioner assess the exact diagnosis.
The abdominal area covers a big part of the body i.e. the part between the chest and the groin. In order to find out what’s causing the discomfort, it important to know the exact location of the pain.
1. Where does the pain start?
– Upper right: If you’re experiencing a stabbing pain in the upper right part of your abdomen, gallstones may be to blame.
– Lower uterus: If you’re experiencing a clenching cramp in your lower uterus, it’s probably a menstrual cramp.
– Upper middle: A fiery, burning sensation in the middle of your stomach is a sign that you might have an ulcer.
– Middle: A tightening or knotting sensation in your intestines could indicate constipation.
2. Does it hurt after eating?
– If you’re experiencing pain in the upper right part of your abdomen that hurts worse after a large, fatty meal, that’s indicative of gallstones. You should see a doctor to address this.
– Anywhere else in your stomach is likely indigestion and you should try an antacid.
3. Does it feel better after you poop?
– If you experience relief after you poop, you’re probably experiencing constipation or IBS.
The diagnosis can be found on the photography.