Causes of Abdominal Pain


There are many causes of abdominal pain. Knowing what is the cause of your abdominal pain and when to visit the Emergency room is imperative. There are several causes of abdominal pain that should be treated by a physician and sometimes surgery immediately. Many injuries and conditions can cause abdominal pain and here are a few to look out for. Visit the closest SignatureCare Emergency room, if you are in doubt of the causes of your abdominal pain.

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Abdominal Organ-Related Conditions:

  • Appendicitis – A potentially deadly condition caused by the inflammation, infection and build up of pus in the appendix
  • Gall Stones – Hardened fluid deposits in the gallbladder that cause intense pain and fever
  • Bowel Blockage – Caused by scar tissue, tumors, or narrowing of intestine, resulting in buildup of food, gas, and fluid in the bowels
  • Peptic Ulcer – A painful sore in the stomach lining and upper small intestine that can sometimes be accompanied by bleeding or vomiting

Gender-Related Conditions:

  • Menstrual Cramps – Caused by the approach or start of a woman’s menstrual cycle
  • Mittelschmerz – Minor pain on one side of the abdomen that occurs during ovulation
  • Ectopic Pregnancy – A life-threatening condition caused when an ovum attaching itself to and growing inside the fallopian tube
  • Endometriosis – Caused by the lining of the uterus growing in other areas of the pelvis and abdomen

Food and Digestive Conditions

  • Food Allergies – Caused by an allergic reaction to dairy, red meat, gluten and other foods
  • Heartburn – The result of acid reflux and indigestion after eating
  • Food Poisoning – Vomiting or diarrhea caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages
  • Lactose Intolerance – A condition caused by the inability to absorb and digest lactose found in dairy

Conditions Caused by Other Organs

  • Heart Attack – A life-threatening emergency caused when blood flow to the heart is restricted and causes part of the heart muscle to die.
  • Abdominal Aneurysm – A deadly enlargement or ballooning of the aorta that supplies blood flow to the abdomen, legs, and pelvis.
  • Pneumonia – A serious viral or bacterial infection in one or both lungs that causes coughing, shortness of breath, lethargy, high fevers, and pain in the stomach and ribs.

Other Causes

  • Injury – A blow to the stomach, pelvis or lower chest can cause pain and swelling in the abdomen
  • Flatulence – Excessive flatulence can cause pressure and pain throughout the abdomen
  • Anxiety – Worry, stress, anxiety and panic attacks can cause stomach aches and nausea

If you are experiencing abdominal pain, please visit one of our locations. We are here to help with any medical emergency 24/7.