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

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

30 Sep 2018

Most of the time, when we’re really concerned about what’s going on in our belly, it’s because we’re feeling a sharp pain, cramp, or ache. If you suffer from chronic, short-term or sharp discomforts, you have the options readily available to make it go away. In this article, we will discuss what you can do for your abdominal pain depending on what causes it.

What’s Going on in my Stomach?

It is often difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing a particular pain in your abdomen. The source of pain can be any number of the structures within your midsection such as your appendix, kidneys, liver, aorta, and reproductive organs. It could even be caused by the organs involved in the aiding of digestion such as your stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, or intestines.

With that being said, if you do have abdominal pain that is moderate to severe, chronic, or otherwise worrisome, it is important to get a medical professional’s opinion on the matter to get the situation sorted out in order to get you feeling back to normal again.

Is it Serious?

In order to know whether or not your pain is a matter for worry, there are a few things to consider in order to know if going to the doctor is worth it for you in the long run. These reasons could include:

  • Pain developing during pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)
  • Prolonged poor appetite
  • Tenderness or swelling of the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Black and tarry or thin, ribbon-like stool
  • Abdominal discomfort for longer than a week
  • Bloating for more than 2 days (not associated with PMS)
  • Diarrhea that lasts longer than 3 days
  • Fever accompanying your pain

The Possibilities

There are plenty of reasons these could be happening, some of which could be:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Medication or Alcohol Side-Effects
  • Appendicitis
  • Endometriosis of the Bowel
  • Peritonitis

Get to a Doctor ASAP

If you are currently experiencing severe discomfort, or if a family member of yours is in need of medical assistance, don’t hesitate to visit us at Memorial Village ER in Houston, TX. We are a 24/7 clinic that offers around the clock care for those in a medical emergency without waiting in the long lines one might experience at the local hospital. If the emergency you are experiencing is life-threatening, please call 911.