Abdominal Pain

Monday, November 17, 2014

Abdominal pain has many potential causes. Many causes, such as gas pains or a pulled muscle, arent serious, while other conditions can require medical attention. Dr. Edward Hill discusses abdominal pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your abdomen extends from below your chest to your groin. Some people call it the stomach, but your abdomen contains many other important organs. Pain in the abdomen can come from any one of them.

Just about everybody at one point or another will experience abdominal pain. Most of the causes are not serious and can be readily diagnosed and treated. However, pain can also be a sign of a serious illness.

The pain may start somewhere else, such as your chest. Severe pain doesnt always mean a serious problem. Nor does mild pain mean a problem is not serious.

Call your health care provider if mild pain lasts a week or more or if you have pain with other symptoms. Get medical help immediately if:

You have abdominal pain that is sudden and sharp

You also have pain in your chest, neck or shoulder

Youre vomiting blood or have blood in your stool

Your abdomen is stiff, hard and tender to touch, or

You cant move your bowels.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.