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Belly Pain (Definition)

Belly pain is also known as Abdominal pain. 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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Severe abdominal pain in upper abdomen on both sidea nausea vomiting no energy no appetite... Spasams take my breath away. Nothing I'm doing is helpin?

Severe abdominal pain in upper abdomen on both sidea nausea vomiting no energy no appetite... Spasams take my breath away. Nothing I'm doing is helpin?

Fever? Passing gas?: Any recent travel or sick contacts? Are you feverish? Does your vomit look like coffee grounds or have fresh blood in it? Any yes = ER. Are you passing gas or having bowel movements? Can you keep fluids down? No = ER to get hydrated and monitor electrolytes. If you aren't passing gas, the docs will want to x-ray or CT your belly for structural issues. Stop Ultram = constipating. Report use Bismuth ...Read more

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I had ultrasound of gallbladder and it was fine. Had it due to right upper abdomen pain. Now having the same severe pain radiating to back. Cause?

I had ultrasound of gallbladder and it was fine. Had it due to right upper abdomen pain.  Now having the same severe pain radiating to back. Cause?

Possibility the GB: Although you have a neg ultrasound , you only ruled out you have no stones. You can have dysfunction of the gall bladder and the US normal. . You can biliary dyskinesia and have much the same symptoms. You should at very least be on a low fat diet. You may want to ask your doctor about this. If does not resolve, may want to see gastroenterologist. One other consideration is kidney stone so ask. ...Read more

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I got severe upper abdomen pain, been admites and ultrasound neg, xray negatve , been tking nsaids for a year for my uper bckpain is this dangerous?

I got severe upper abdomen pain, been admites and ultrasound neg, xray negatve , been tking nsaids for a year for my uper bckpain is this dangerous?

Can be: It is well known that NSAIDs can irritate your stomach. And if that's not enough, bleeding ulcers are not out of the question also. So be very careful with those and talk to your doctor about alternatives. ...Read more

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Moderate to severe Shortness of breath. Severe Chest pain. Severe Upper abdomen pain. What could this mean? Should I be concerned?

Moderate to severe Shortness of breath. Severe Chest pain. Severe Upper abdomen pain. What could this mean? Should I be concerned?

Anxiety: symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include nausea, sob, insomnia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 36+4 weeks pregnant and experiencing a mild headache accompanied by severe upper/mid back pain. And occasional upper abdomen pain (above ribs).

I'm 36+4 weeks pregnant and experiencing a mild headache accompanied by severe upper/mid back pain. And occasional upper abdomen pain (above ribs).

Pain: Hard to know for sure what this is without knowing your vitals and asking more questions. Probably best to call your OB/midwife. Even if the office is closed he/she probably has an answering service. Would be concerned if associated with worsening shortness of breath. This could be a variety of things, some serious and some easily addressed. Make the call today ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...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