Abdominal Pain Q&A
Abdominal pain can be the consequence of a minor or a serious condition. It's one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits in the United States. In many cases, severe abdominal pain is the result of appendicitis, a life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical intervention. The Village Emergency Centers specialists have decades of collective experience in treating abdominal pain from a variety of causes. Visit one of our locations, for 24-hour emergency care when you need it most.
What causes abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain has many possible sources, ranging from mild to serious. The most common causes are considered minor and don’t necessarily require immediate medical attention, such as a pulled muscle or indigestion.
In some cases, abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious condition, such as appendicitis, and immediate medical intervention is imperative.
There are three main categories of abdominal pain: acute, chronic, and progressive. Acute abdominal pain lasts a few hours to a few days and typically resolves itself. Chronic abdominal pain can appear in flares and lasts for weeks, months, and even years. This is often a sign of an underlying medical condition. Progressive abdominal pain worsens with time.
Abdominal pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Injury to the abdomen
- Kidney stones
- A UTI or kidney infection
- Ruptured or enlarged spleen
- Ectopic pregnancy
Gastrointestinal causes of abdominal pain include:
- Peptic ulcer
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Hiatal hernia
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Intestinal obstruction
When should I see a doctor for my abdominal pain?
It's beneficial to seek medical attention at Village Emergency Centers if your abdominal pain is accompanied by any of the following:
- Weight loss
- Yellowing skin
- Swollen, sore, or tender abdomen
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Rectal bleeding or bloody stools
To determine if you should seek medical attention, assess the severity of your pain. If your pain is unexplainable, severe, and persistent, visit the Village Emergency Centers for a thorough exam, diagnosis, and treatment.
How is abdominal pain diagnosed?
Since abdominal pain can stem from any number of health problems, the doctors at Village Emergency Centers are equipped with an arsenal of diagnostic tools to pinpoint the problem. These tools include laboratory tests as well as X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRIs.
Rest assured that while they work to diagnose your problem, they make every effort to provide relief for your pain.
If abdominal pain is having a serious impact on your ability to function, visit Village Emergency Centers, which is open 24 hours a day.