Abdominal pain is the type of pain that can strike you at any time, and in most of the cases you cannot determine if it is an emergency or not. Abdominal pain occurs as a result of many different causes – pancreatitis, inhibited blood supply to the colon (also known as ischemia),food poisoning, indigestion, heartburn,intestinal gas, menstrual cramps, gallstones, stomach cancer, urinary tract infection, kidney stones, umbilical hernia, inflammatory bowel disease or appendicitis.
Abdominal pain can sometimes indicate serious illness and thus should not be ignored.But it is not easy to determine whether or not your abdominal pain seeks immediate medical attention. If the pain is mild and does not interfere withthe ability to function, or does not compromise the quality of life in any way, people generally choose to live with it, reaching for an over-the-counter medicine or a homemade remedy, or schedule a non-urgent appointment with their physician.
If your abdominal pain persists or it is severe for more than 24 hours, it is recommended that you see a doctor or go to the ER as soon as you can. It is quite possible that you are dealing with something as simple as minor food poisoning or cramps, but it would be better to rule out life-threatening diseasess. It is very important to pay attention to the accompanying symptoms (for example constipation, painful urination or fever) and tell them to your physician. You should also visit a hospital as soon as possible if your abdominal pain is accompanied by black stools, fever above 101ºF / 38.3ºC, bloody diarrhea or bloody vomit.
A severe pain in the abdomen can be a life threatening problem,such as appendicitis. It is very difficult to diagnose appendicitis in the early stages – and when it becomes severe, it can be very dangerous. My friend is a good example, as he was diagnosed with stomach flu by his doctor. He was sent home, tostay warm, drink chicken soup and tea, thinking that all he needed was homemade remedies and relaxation to recover. However, his health didn’t improve at all. One day his pain became so severe that he was immediately transferred to the Emergency Room in the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed with: ruptured appendix and he needed an urgent laparoscopic appendectomy in order to stayalive.
This general chart may be of a great value in a preliminary assessment, because there is often an “overlap” between the areas of the abdomen that might be in pain due to a particular cause. Anyway, we must point out that appropriate professional medical care should be sought, and this is not a medical advice (as with the rest of this website), especially in cases of greater severity.
Source : www.fhfn.org