Abdominal pain is any pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and pelvic area. Abdominal pain may feel sharp, achy, dull or it may feel like cramps.
Abdominal pain conditions that are considered an Emergency
Some abdominal pain may go away without treatment, but if you have the following visit the closest SignatureCare Emergency Center:
- fever greater than 101
- nausea and vomiting
- trouble breathing
- blood in the stool
- swelling in the area of pain
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- painful urination
- or abdominal pain that lasts more than 24 hours
Take a look at the possible conditions that can cause abdominal pain
Scans and tests for Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal x-ray – This procedure uses an x-ray machine to provide doctors with images of the intestines, spleen, stomach and other organs in the abdominal cavity. It may identify an intestinal blockage, kidney stones or other causes of your pain or nausea. The procedure: laying on a table or standing at the x-ray machine captures images of the abdominal area.
- Abdominal CT scan – This scan is similar to an x-ray, but it uses multiple rays in order to create cross-sectional images of organs and tissues in the abdomen. These images will allow us to identify any swelling, masses, infections or other issues that could be contributing to your pain. The procedure: In order to receive these images, you will lay on a table that slides into the CT machine.
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography– MRCP helps identify gallstones through the use of magnetic resonance imaging. The scan can also provide information about the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. The procedure: laying on a table that will is moved into an MRI tunnel, which is where the equipment will gather images.
- Abdominal ultrasound – Ultrasounds to help us check for liver disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and issues with other abdominal organs. These ultrasounds are often performed quickly and can give us immediate images that may help make a diagnosis. The procedure: A small amount of gel is applied to the abdomen, and then the abdomen is rubbed with a transducer that sends the images to a screen for us to view.