Abdominal pain is usually caused by some type of inflammation of an organ within or near the abdomen, or can occur when there is a loss of blood supply to one of those organs. In the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain is caused by contractions of the intestinal muscles or some increased sensitivity in the intestine.
A diagnosis of what is causing abdominal pain is made by performing a physical examination, evaluating the characteristics of the pain, and performing any testing that is needed. Diagnosing abdominal pain can sometimes be difficult, as some times the pain is not typical, test results come back negative, or the characteristics of the pain change.
When it comes diagnosing a disease that is causing abdominal pain, this can also be difficult, as these often closely resemble each other. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to make a diagnosis.
When to Call 911 or Emergency Medical Assistance
Seek emergency medical assistance if your abdominal pain is severe and is associated with:
- Trauma, such as an accident or injury
- Pressure or pain in your chest
Seek immediate Medical Attention
Have someone drive you to an Urgent Care or the Emergency Room for the following:
- Pain is extremely severe
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Bloody stools
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Skin appears yellow
- Severe abdominal tenderness
Schedule a Doctor's Visit
Make an appointment with your doctor if your abdominal pain worries you or lasts more than a few days.
We Can Help!
Medfast Urgent Care Centers offer fast, professional medical treatment for abdominal pain. Our average wait time to see patients is less than an hour, compared to busy busyHospital Emergency Rooms, which can often take longer than three to four hours and are much more expensive. We are professionally staffed with highly-skilled, licensed doctors and nurses, and fully equipped to handle testing and treatment for abdominal pain.