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Contracting Stomach Pains
I'm having strong stomach pains every minute. It feels like someone is squeezing it or its contracting. It has been doing this for the past three days.
The: The symptoms you describe is also known as colic. There are many types of colic - the contraction of any part of your intestinal tract against a blockage can lead to crampy abdominal pain. However, hyperactivity can also lead to similar symptoms, in the setting of acute gastroenteritis. The differential regarding diagnosis of gastroenteritis vs. Small bowel obstruction depends on other symptoms, such as associated diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal distention, onset and past history. Vomiting, progressive distention, lack of bowel movements, in a setting of someone with previous abdominal surgery should raise the flag of obstruction, which acute diarrhea and onset may indicate acute gastroenteritis. Obstruction is potentially life-threatening, as obstruction can lead to intestinal damage, peritonitis and death. In addition, dehydration can occur in both settings if severe, in which case, hospitalization may be needed. ...Read more
More info: . When do you get pain? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Is it related to eating? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? If it is not too bad you can schedule an appt with your md. If severe, go to er. ...Read more
It depends.: Stomach pains are common and often respond to simple home remedies. You can try taking some Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) (1 TBS/ two tablets. A cup of hot ginger tea with honey&/or lemon juice. Sometimes mixing 1 TBS baking soda in 8 -12 oz water may help after a big burp. If the pain persists or gets worse go to ED or doctors office. ...Read more
Many things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
No: Stomach pain, chest pain, and head pain cannot be ignored. Each can reflect an urgent problem. Stomach pain should be evaluated and examined by a medical practitioner. There are multiple organs which could be having trouble. .. The appendix, the gall bladder, the intestines, the stomach itself as a separate organ, even the liver can cause pain. Have it checked out. ...Read more
See your doctor: Does this happen with all foods, or certain ones? Does pain happen right away with eating or does it take a few hours to occur? Any other symptoms such as fever or nausea? If so, how are they related to the pain onset (earlier or later...)? All these things and examination findings will help give you an answer. ...Read more
Tough to say.:
Abdominal pain is the number one reason why people are seen in United States emergency departments. Your question can only be answered after a lot of other questions are asked. Questions like: where is the pain? When did it start? What is it like? Does the pain seem to travel anywhere? What makes it worse/better?
Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss it in greater depth. ...Read more
Abdominal pain: If the pain is in your upper abdomen, then it's possible your nighttime pain is related to acid reflux. There are many causes of abdominal pain, and require an exam by your doctor. With acid reflux, since you are lying flat in bed the acid from the stomach can flow up into the esophagus if you have a hiatal hernia or are prone to reflux. Certain foods make it worse, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol. ...Read more
Back pain: Spasm in a strained lower back could cause abdominal pain because of tightness & cramps in muscles. However, you should not have internal abdomen problems, only the belly wall muscles and tendons. Treatment would be NSAIDS, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) bengay, moist heat alt cool packs, massage, stretches, taichi, etc... ...Read more
For nausea--ginger tea with some honey.
Stomach pain can have many different causes. There is no blanket treatment, home remedy or not, for stomach pain. Please see your doctor. She/he can take a complete history, do a full physical and further testing if need be. Only then can the appropriate treatment be recommended. Feel better soon! ...Read more
More info: There are many causes of abdo pain. When do you get pain? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Pain that is not getting better shuld be evaluated by md. ...Read more