To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of generalized abdominal pain we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow generalized abdominal pain to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind generalized abdominal pain consists of three steps:
|West Nile Virus||91%||Confirm|
|Congestive Heart Failure||26%||Unlikely|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||5%||Ruled out|
|Carcinoid Cancer||2%||Ruled out|
|Gluten Sensitivity||0%||Ruled out|
|Short Bowel Syndrome||0%||Ruled out|
Do you experience general abdominal discomfort or pain that is difficult to pinpoint?
Possible responses:→ No / can pinpoint / only after meals / don't know
→ Occasional mild discomfort
→ Frequent mild and/or occasional moderate pain
→ Frequent moderate and/or occasional severe pain
→ Frequent or constant severe pain
Severe acute or prolonged abdominal pain is a possible symptom of many serious conditions. You are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible, unless you already know the cause of the pain.
Abdominal pain may occur alone or in combination with other symptoms such as diarrhea and/or flushing and can be controlled with pain medication.
Accumulation of fluid (due to congestive heart failure) in the liver and intestines may cause nausea, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.
Recurrent abdominal pain is a symptom of lactose intolerance.