Acute Abdominal Pain

Acute Abdominal Pain refers to a sharp pain that occurs without warning located at the abdominal area. This pain can cause discomfort and might end up being severe enough that it requires medical attention. Essentially, this can be a strong indication that the individual suffering from Acute Abdominal Pain and might need immediate medical attention or even surgery.

Causes

There might be many factors that can cause Acute Abdominal Pain, these might include common ones such as:

- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture referring to enlarged blood vessels within the abdomen.

- Acute appendicitis - inflammation of the appendix

- Cancer

- Cholangitis - Inflammation of the bile duct caused by infection or Gallstones

- Cholecystitis - inflammation of the gallbladder

- Crohn's Disease - Inflammation of small pouches in the large intestine

- Gastritis - Inflammation of the stomach lining caused by excessive amount of alcohol consumption and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use

- Gastroesophageal Reflux Diseases (GERD) - A chronic digestive disease which occurs when the acid from the stomach goes back up into the oesophagus

- Heart attack

- Hernia

- Intestinal Obstruction

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome where its a chronic condition that affects the ability of the colon to function normally

- Kidney stones

- Pancreatitis - Inflammation of the pancreas

- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Inflammation around the uterus, ovaries, and the fallopian tubes

- Peptic Ulcers - Open sores in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or in the oesophagus

- Urinary tract infections, kidney infection, bladder infection

- Viral Gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu


Symptoms

These symptoms of Acute Abdominal Pain can change depends on the condition and causes which might include:

- Fever

- Non-voluntary contraction of the abdominal muscles

- Persistent severe pain in the upper, middle or lower abdomen

- Swelling and tenderness in the upper, middle or lower abdomen

- Tense abdominal muscles


Treatment

Your doctor might recommend the best treatment options that is tailored just for you. These treatment options might include:

- Dietary and lifestyle changes

- Medication to alleviate the symptoms. Painkillers will be considered in severe cases.

- Surgery


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