Stomach Ailments

Just about everybody at one time or another will get a bellyache. Most causes of abdominal painaren’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
  • Gas

You may also get abdominal pain if you’re lactose intolerant or have ulcersor pelvic inflammatory disease.
Some other causes include:

  • Hernia
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Endometriosis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Appendicitis

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