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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


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My 56 yr old husband is having abdominal pain just below the rib cage. He says it runs across the abdomen. He is diabetic. Has high cholesterol.?

My 56 yr old husband is having abdominal pain just below the rib cage. He says it runs across the abdomen. He is diabetic. Has high cholesterol.?

Ye, could be heart.: To interpret your presumed concern, issues in the bottom part of the heart could cause upper abdominal pains - a stress test would be a good idea as you listed three risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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I'm 5 months pregnant and have started having some abdominal pain. It starts below my rib cage on both sides. I've had my gall bladder removed already?

Probably normal : This is probably normal for your first pregnancy but it would be best for you to discuss with your obstetrician who may want to perform an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Persistent abdomen pain near bottom left side,radiating upward toward Rib cage. Usually comes and goes,today won't go away. What can it be?

Persistent abdomen pain near bottom left side,radiating upward toward Rib cage. Usually comes and goes,today won't go away. What can it be?

Many things: Many things can cause your pain. If it is changing for the worse, which it sounds like it is, you need to see your doctor. One of the things that can cause it is diverticulitis, which requires medicine and sometimes an emergency operation. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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What is this abdomen pain underneath my rib cage?

What is this abdomen pain underneath my rib cage?

Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Right side abdomen pain in under the rib cage, when I am sitting i feel more pain?

Right side abdomen pain in under the rib cage, when I am sitting i feel more pain?

Varies: There are many potential causes. An irritation of a nerve in the mid back can cause pain that radiates around one side of the trunk. Gallbladder, lung, and kidney problems can also cause similar symptoms. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Possibilities: Ruq abdomen is home to the liver, gall bladder, small intestines, diaphragm. Gall bladder stones, duodenal ulcer, pneumonia, hepatitis, and sometimes atypical appendicitis can cause RUQ pain. Persistent pain warrants immediate evaluation by doctor. ...Read more

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I have a belly button pain on right side, acid reflux, growling abdomen, pain under right rib cage?

I have a belly button pain on right side, acid reflux, growling abdomen, pain under right rib cage?

Gallstones?: This could be any number of problems involving the stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, . A full history and physical along with diagnostic testing and imaging is recommended. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain upper left. Directly down from front of left rib cage.

Abdominal pain upper left. Directly down from front of left rib cage.

Lots possible...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more