Pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin is classified as abdominal pain. This is also referred to as stomach pain or belly aches. Abdominal pain is very common and, in most instances, it is not attributed to a serious condition. Sometimes abdominal pain is simply caused by a great deal of stress or something one has eaten. However, abdominal pain can sometimes be a sign that something more serious is going on and should be paid attention to, especially when it is prolonged.
Should I call the doctor for my abdominal pain?
There are a number of signs that you should watch for in order to determine if you should seek medical attention. Some of these include:
- Abdominal pain that lasts several days
- Pain that becomes more severe and frequent
- Pain that is accompanied by bloody stools
- Pain that is accompanied by diarrhea for several days and/or vomiting
- Pain that is accompanied by dark urine and a yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
Pain and a burning sensation while urinating
- Pain accompanied by a fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children)
- Pain that extends to other parts of the body such as the chest, upper back, and shoulders
- Unexplained weight loss
Pain and tenderness in the abdomen, accompanied or not by fatigue and diarrhea
Whether or not your pain in the abdomen is due to greasy or spicy foods or something a little more serious, you should be aware that there are a number of natural supplements available that can help ease the pain such as natural fiber products or probiotics for bacteria, diarrhea, yeast and candida. To learn more about natural remedies for pain in the abdomen, please visit our supplement page.