Just about everybody at one time or another will get a bellyache. Most causes of abdominal pain aren't worrisome, and your doctor can easily diagnose and treat the problem. Sometimes, though, it can be a sign of a serious illness. Learn which symptoms to watch out for and when you should get medical help.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?
Whether you've got a mild stomachache, sharp pain, or cramps, abdominal pain can have many causes. For instance, you might have indigestion, constipation, a stomach virus, or, if you're a woman, menstrual cramps.
Other possible causes include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn's disease
- Food poisoning
- Food allergies
- Lactose intolerance
- Peptic ulcers
Pelvic inflammatory disease.Some other causes include:
When Should You Contact Your Doctor?
If your abdominal pain is severe, doesn't go away, or keeps coming back, talk to your doctor. Or, if you wish, call us at 978-459-6737 or click here to request an appointment. At Gastroenterology Consultants of Greater Lowell, we have board-certified specialists capable of running diagnostic tests to help diagnose the cause of your pain.