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Does a diagnosis of functional abdominal pain mean that the doctor believes its psychological and/or that u have a low pain threshold?

Does a diagnosis of functional abdominal pain mean that the doctor believes its psychological and/or that u have a low pain threshold?

It's way more : complex than that. Read this explanation by The International Foundation For Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: www.iffgd.org/site/gi-disorders/functional-gi-disorders/functional-abdominal-pain-syndrome. " Functional"= no disease of the GI tract, the peripheral nerves & blood vessels to it nor its supporting/ surrounding structures has been found. It does not mean the pain is not real. ...Read more

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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Doc said ibs, but not sure if right diagnosis. Often upper abdominal pain sometimes lower, extreme nausea, big loss of appetite, change in bowel habit?

Doc said ibs, but not sure if right diagnosis. Often upper abdominal pain sometimes lower, extreme nausea, big loss of appetite, change in bowel habit?

This sounds like IBS: While the history suggests ibs other conditions such as celiac disease should be ruled out. Nausea can be part any parcel of functional dyspepsia which we see commonly in adolescents especially in the morning. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan properly diagnosis a hernia or abdominal pain?

Can a CT scan properly diagnosis a hernia or abdominal pain?

Can be helpfun : Ct is good looking at structural objects in the abdomen but unless the hernia is through the wall or bulging into it they may not see it at all. Looking for the source of pain is always frustrating with a ct but it can reassure that organs like the ovaries, pancreas and kidneys and other organs are looking normal. It looks a macro structure not on a cellular basis though. It is valuable as workup. ...Read more

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Sister/30y with Cockett syndrome diagnosis. What are the causes? Something to worry? Can it be related to 3 months vaginal bleeding/ abdominal pain?

May–Thurner syndrome: May–Thurner syndrome is a rare. Compression of the common venous outflow tract of the L low extremity may cause discomfort, swelling, pain or blood clots, called deep venous thrombosis (DVT), in the iliofemoral vein.The specific problem is compression of the vein by the overlying right common iliac artery.This leads to pooling or stasis of blood, & possible DVT's. Treatment usu Agioplasty & Stent. ...Read more

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I have rlq abdominal pain since more than a year, and its not relieved by analgesia, what can be the diagnosis?

I have rlq abdominal pain since more than a year, and its not relieved by analgesia, what can be the diagnosis?

See surgeon: Many people assume that surgeons are only interested in operating. But surgeons actually work hard to assess your type of pain by talking to you, examining you, and possibly getting lab tests. They can determine if an operation will either help with the diagnosis or the treatment. ...Read more

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R low abdominal pain that is severe after eating. I know I cannot get a diagnosis here but I am nervous about cause. Losing weight with nausea?

R low abdominal pain that is severe after eating. I know I cannot get a diagnosis here but I am nervous about cause. Losing weight with nausea?

Bowel lesion: loss of wt and pain on eating with nausea is related to some form of bowel pathology. The may be an obstructing lesion of colon or an inflammatory lesion. Should be seen by gastroenterologist to have colonoscopy follwe by abdominal scan or PET is tumor detected. Tumor markers also need evaluation if monitoring results of treatment required. ...Read more

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Severe abdominal pain with chronic diarrhea, several mis-diagnosis'?

See details: The causes are many including ibs, celiac disease, lactose intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. The only reasonable advice is to speak with a gastroenterologist or seek a 2nd one if you have already seen one previously. ...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