Abdominal pain, or a stomachache, is any type of pain that occurs between your chest and pelvic areas. The pain can feel aching, dull, sharp, constant or intermittent. Abdomen pain can be caused by disease, infection or inflammation, and affects your major organs within that region.
The major organs in your abdomen include:
Common conditions that cause abdominal pain include:
Because there are many different types of pain, symptoms will depend on what is happening in your body. Some common symptoms of abdominal pain include:
If you experience more severe symptoms, you should consult with your doctor immediately. Some more severe symptoms of abdominal pain include:
Treatment for abdominal pain depends on the root cause. To diagnose what’s going on in your body, a doctor may run a series of tests, including: an MRI scan, ultrasound, x-ray, colonoscopy, endoscopy, or upper GI test.
Treatment for abdominal pain may involve taking medications, changing your diet or portion size or incorporating regular exercise into your day to day routine.