Abdominal Pain

When Abdominal Pain or Discomfort Strikes… Should I Be Worried?

11 Oct 2018

Do you have constant abdominal pain or severe discomfort that has suddenly occurred? If so, you do not have to simply wait for it to take its course. It is important to know what exactly is going on inside your body, as some symptoms can signify a more severe issue. Our staff at the Memorial Village ER are eager to provide individuals with facts to help them be more prepared and healthier. Continue reading on to understand better what is happening inside your body and to know whether or not you need to be worried.

What’s Going on in There?

It is not always easy to figure out what is causing abdominal pain as there are so many different organs and factors in the belly region. If your pain is chronic, severe, or worrisome, then it is probably best to see a professional about it. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide if it is severe: Is the pain limiting your day to day activities? Are you losing weight rapidly, have a fever, or chills and sweats? Are there additional symptoms, such as blurred vision, rashes, and oral ulcers?

Is It Serious?

Abdominal pain can change and affect you in different ways. Even a painful feeling can be harmless. Other more severe issues might leave you with only mild discomfort. Therefore, do not judge the severity by the pain.

Your doctor may check for the following issues:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Certain medications and alcohol
  • Appendicitis
  • Endometriosis of the bowel
  • Peritonitis

What is Smart Self-Care?

There are practical steps you can take to make yourself feel better. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid greasy, spicy, and acidic foods and drinks that can harm your stomach. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine consumption. Talk to your doctor about any medications you might be taking that could affect your stomach.

For more information regarding the pain you are experiencing, talk to your doctor right away. When in doubt it is best to be safe and schedule an appointment with your family doctor.