John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Some of these common causes of abdominal pain
may sound familiar to you. These are seven common causes of abdominal pain.
Appendicitis: This is an inflammation
of the appendix, and symptoms you may experience are acute pain sometimes around the navel, but
usually around the right lower part of the abdomen that often worsens over
the first 48 hours. With this pain, you may not have an appetite, may have a fever, nausea, and
Gastroenteritis or stomach flu: This is usually caused by a virus.
You may experience
diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain.
Constipation: Everyone has been constipated at some time in
their life. There are
many causes of constipation, but constipation can cause bloating and abdominal
pain. If you do not have a bowel movement over a period of days, contact your
Heartburn (GERD): Occurs when your stomach acid backs up
into the esophagus. You may have symptoms like a burning sensation in the chest, stomach or
chest pain, burning in the throat, difficulty swallowing,
sore throat, or
Pancreatitis: In pancreatitis, the inflammation of the
pancreas will cause you upper abdominal pain that can last for days. It may radiate to
the back, and you will by nauseated and may vomit. You also my feel restlessness and
Diverticulitis: This digestive
disease that occurs when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon.
Your symptoms may include cramping, bloating, flatulence (gas), and irregular bowel movements.
The pain you may feel from diverticulitis is most often felt in the left lower
part of the
Cancer: Cancer of any of the organs in
the abdomen can cause pain. If you have cancer, the abdominal pain that accompanies cancer can be from
the cancer itself, blockages caused by tumors, or related to the treatment for
the cancer. If your cancer treatment involves chemotherapy, radiation, and medications;
it can be difficult
to eat, you may have a loss of appetite, and can be nauseated and vomit.
Of course, there are a lot of other common causes of abdominal pain like
kidney stones, hernia,
gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cysts, and even poor diet. Tests
including colonoscopy, endoscopy, MRI, CT scans, barium swallows and X-rays can
help your doctor determine the cause of your abdominal pain.