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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Stomach Pain (Definition)

Most people will describe pain in any part of abdomen as stomach pain, it is what many patients say but in medical terms it is pain in the stomach which is located in middle of upper abdomen, so real stomach pain is the pain ...Read more


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I want to know what is the difference between stomach aches from holding in gas and period cramps?

I want to know what is the difference between stomach aches from holding in gas and period cramps?

Both hurt: But the cramps from menstruation are from your uterus. And the ones from gas are in your entire abdomen and pelvis and change with the passage of gas. The cramps from your mestruation don't change with passing of gas. They change with the passage of time and are related to your menses. Read more

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I'm supposed to have my period today but I didn't bleed but I have very bad cramps, headaches, and stomach aches. Should I be worried?

I'm supposed to have my period today but I didn't bleed but I have very bad cramps, headaches, and stomach aches. Should I be worried?

Don't worry.: Take a pain reliever like Motrin or alleve, for the camps and headache. If your period is unusually late and there is a chance of pregnancy, do an over the counter pregnancy test, . Read more

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Day 3 of my period I had dark red to black color period and having stomach aches but not cramps. What is happening?

Day 3 of my period I had dark red to black color period and having stomach aches but not cramps. What is happening?

Periods: It is quite common to experience some discomfort from time to time during a period. Many people take Ibuprofen and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for this. If this is a recurring problem for you consider seeing an Obgyn and discuss birth control options that will improve your period. The color of menstrual blood reflects the time it has been sitting in the vagina and is not clinically important. Read more

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What can I do to address my stomach aches and cramps from my period?

What can I do to address my stomach aches and cramps from my period?

Various medications: Cramping is caused by contractions of the muscle of the uterine wall and these contractions are caused by the release of a chemicals called prostaglandins. These chemicals are released with the period. Nsaids are mediations that can prevent the production of prostaglandins. Ibuprofen, Naproxen and even Aspirin are examples. They work best if you start them before the pain starts. Read more

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Why would I get stomach aches before and after my period every month? There not cramps, but they are extremely painful.

Why would I get stomach aches before and after my period every month? There not cramps, but they are extremely painful.

Dysmenorrhea: Abdominal and/or low back pain with menstrual cycle is very common and can be disabling. Talk to your doctor about using oral contraceptive that will resolve this problem. Read more

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Why do periods make you feel sick and bloated and give you stomach aches and cramps?

Why do periods make you feel sick and bloated and give you stomach aches and cramps?

Painful periods: There are multiple options for painful periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Read more

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How to remove bad stomach ache and cramps from your period?

How to remove bad stomach ache and cramps from your period?

Period pain: Nsaids work to an extent. Start with Ibuprofen or alleve otc. Heat also can help. Read more

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I've had my period and I just came off, I recieved cramps and loose stools with slight stomach ache. What do you think is going on?

I've had my period and I just came off, I recieved cramps and loose stools with slight stomach ache. What do you think is going on?

Cramps: If the cramps and loose stools came while on your cycle then this from a hormone called prostaglandin and is normal. ibuprofen is and anti-prostaglandin and will help with the next cycle. Read more

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Only one day heavy period w cramps and clots after 5days of missed period. 9th day with spotting, stomach ache, continous lower back pain. Is it mc?

Only one day heavy period w cramps and clots after 5days of missed period. 9th day with spotting, stomach ache, continous lower back pain. Is it mc?

See a doctor: The above symptoms sound like a missed miscarriage and there may be retained products of conception. Go to your nearest ER or urgent care clinic for an examination, ultrasound scan and follow up management Read more

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Girlfriend having bad stomach pain/period cramps times 50 morning after sex. Should we be worried?

Severe Pain: Please sign off of the internet and get your girlfriend to her doctor urgently. She is having such severe pain that you describe it as 50 times normal. Get her to the doctor now. Read more

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If im 39 weeks and feeling stomach pain similar to period cramps but worse, are those contractions?

If im 39 weeks and feeling stomach pain similar to period cramps but worse, are those contractions?

Maybe: Sounds like you are experiencing some mild contractions which is not surprising at 39 weeks gestation. If you think you are in labor please be evaluated in labor and delivery. Read more

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I am having intermittent aches in my abdomen that feel like period cramps despite being on continuous birth control for my painful periods.?

I am having intermittent aches in my abdomen that feel like period cramps despite being on continuous birth control for my painful periods.?

IBS?: ? young females with period-like abdominal-pelvic cramping at times other than when menstruating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) becomes a consideration. A Gastroenterologist can help to diagnose. Gynecologists can be slanted toward "endometriosis" and to operate on this theoretical disease - so steer clear of them. Read more

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I have had sharp pains in my left breast, stomach aches and have just end a 17 day long period. What could be wrong?

I have had sharp pains in my left breast, stomach aches and have just end a 17 day long period. What could be wrong?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. Read more

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My period came 4 days early and I'm have fullness but upset stomach aches. What's does this mean?

PeriodPain orStomach: Your pain in the stomach if it is in the upper abdomen is not related to your period. But if it is in the pelvic area and the pain in crampy like in menstrual cramps then it may be related to periods Consult your doctor if pain is bad and continues Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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