Abdominal pain can indicate a wide variety of digestive issues, ranging from normal indigestion caused by eating a spicy meal to more serious health problems like cancer. When dealing with abdominal pain, it’s important not to jump to our own conclusions and instead to visit a doctor to help determine what the pain is being caused by.
Three important characteristics of abdominal pain can help doctors locate the source of the abdominal pain:
- the placement of the pain
- the type of pain
- the intensity of the pain
Making note of these three characteristics of your abdominal pain can help your doctor greatly. Be as specific as possible when describing your pain to your doctor.
Not every stomach ache needs medical attention, but if your pain is intolerable or has not gone away for an extended period of time, you should see a physician for an exam.
Download our free guide to determining whether your abdominal pain needs attention.