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Stomach Pain Symptoms


Stomach pain symptoms are felt in the abdomen, an area bounded by lower ribs and diaphragm, the pelvis bones and flanks on either side. Sometimes pain can come from the abdominal wall tissues, such as the wall muscles and skin. Most abdominal pain originates from the organs inside the cavity of the abdomen. The organs include the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, and the pancreas. Occasionally, stomach pain symptoms arise from organs close to the stomach cavity. As an example, conditions of kidneys, lower lungs, ovaries and uterus can be a cause of stomach pain symptoms. Also it can be possible to have pain that is felt outside the abdomen. A pancreatic pain may be felt in the back; these kinds are called a "referred" pain because it didn't originate in that location.

Doctors can determine the causes of stomach pain symptoms by knowing the results of a physical examination, characteristic of pain, radiology, laboratory results, endoscopic testing, and surgery. Information helpful to the doctor to determine causes of the pain is obtained by getting the patients history. The beginning of the pain, if it comes up suddenly would suggest an interruption of blood supplied to colon or obstruction of bile duct by gallstones. Location of pain is important to know, such as appendicitis which occurs in lower right side of abdomen, diverticulitis that causes pain in lower left side of the abdomen, and gallbladder pain felt in upper right abdomen. The pain pattern tells the doctor more, such as when intestines are obstructed and distended or stomach muscles are contracting. A cramping type pain occurs when intestines vigorously contract. Gallstones cause constant stomach pain symptoms lasting thirty minutes to several hours. Pancreatitis causes a severe, steady, unrelenting pain in upper back and abdomen. Pain can change over a period of time, as an example, obstruction of bile ducts will progress to inflaming the gallbladder creating inflammatory pain.

Inflammatory bowel syndrome usually wanes over years or months and might last for decades. Bilary colic will last usually no longer than several hours. Pancreatic pain lasts for a day or two; acid related disease or duodenal ulcers last for weeks or months sometimes getting better for periods of time. The pain will get worse by any jarring motion, sneezing or coughing. So patients with an inflammatory disease prefer to lie perfectly still. Relieving the pain of constipation is often remedied by a bowel movement; a stomach obstruction often is relieved by vomiting that reduces distention causing the obstruction. Eating antacids temporarily reduces pain of ulcers in the stomach; antacids and food neutralize acid that irritates the ulcers that cause stomach pain symptoms.

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