Abdominal pain is a common symptom that can be caused by a wide range of conditions, from mild to severe. It is usually felt in the area between the chest and the pelvis, and can be sharp, crampy, or dull in nature.
Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain include indigestion, constipation, gastroenteritis (stomach flu), acid reflux, and food allergies or sensitivities. In some cases, abdominal pain can also be a symptom of more serious conditions such as appendicitis, gallstones, inflammatory bowel disease, or a urinary tract infection.
The treatment for abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause. Mild cases of abdominal pain caused by indigestion, constipation, or other non-serious conditions can often be treated with over-the-counter medications such as antacids or laxatives. In more serious cases, treatment may involve prescription medications, surgery, or other interventions.
If you experience severe or persistent abdominal pain, it is important to seek medical attention. Other symptoms that may warrant immediate medical attention include fever, vomiting, bloody stools, or difficulty breathing. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may order additional tests or imaging studies to help determine the cause of your abdominal pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.