Abdominal pain occurs when there is an achy, dull, intermittent, sharp or crampy feeling anywhere between the pelvic region and the chest. Also known as a stomach ache, abdominal pain may be a sign of a disease or inflammation. It may affect any of the major organs in the abdomen area including the spleen, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, stomach, kidneys, appendix, or the large and small intestines. Here are the common causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Abdominal pain may be caused by numerous factors. Some of the more common causes include constipation, indigestion, menstrual cramps, a stomach virus, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, food allergies, lactose intolerance, pelvic inflammatory disease, hernia, ulcers, endometriosis, urinary tract infection, kidney stones, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, appendicitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Abdominal pain may be caused by inflammation, distention of an abdominal organ, or a decrease in the blood supply to abdominal organs. Constipation, intestinal muscle contractions, and diverticulitis may also cause abdominal pain.