There are many causes of abdominal pain. If you have severe abdominal pain or cramping that progressively worsens, see a healthcare provider.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis is a serious condition. See a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
- Severe abdominal pain that starts in the upper part of your abdomen or around your belly button and moves to the lower right part of your abdomen
- Tenderness when the right lower abdomen is pressed
- Mild fever
- Hard, infrequent stools that are difficult to pass
- Straining with bowel movements
- Drink plenty of water
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid antacids and iron supplements
- Try over-the-counter bulk forming agents such as Metamucil
Diarrhea is frequent bowel movements that consist of watery, loose stools with cramping and pain in the abdomen.
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Frequent, loose, watery stools
- Blood in the stool
- Drink clear liquids
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Include low-fiber foods gradually
- Avoid dairy products, fatty foods, high-fiber foods and/or highly seasoned foods
- Try an over-the-counter medicine such as Imodium A-D
- Burning or gnawing pain under the breastbone or in the upper middle abdomen
- Pain can occur after meals, between meals or during the night
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking, chocolate and other aggravating foods
- Do not eat immediately before bedtime
- Elevate the head of your bed
- Try eating small, frequent meals
- An over-the-counter antacid can be helpful
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Mucus in the stools
- Sense that you have not completely emptied your bowels
The cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not clearly understood. The symptoms of IBS are thought to be a faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract which then causes abnormal muscle contractions in the intestines.
- Include fiber in your diet
- Avoid problem foods such as alcohol, caffeinated beverages, fats, nuts, ice creams and red meats which may aggravate symptoms
- Eat at regular times
- Limit dairy products
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Exercise regularly
This is an inflammation of the stomach or intestinal tract caused by viruses, food poisoning, water contamination or too much alcohol.
- Abdominal pain
- Fever or chills
Do not eat or drink anything except ice chips until the nausea passes.