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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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I am having belching, upper abdominal pain that is tender if pushed on ,burning, nausea that is getting worse and more persistent. What could it be?

I am having belching, upper abdominal pain that is tender if pushed on ,burning,  nausea that is getting worse and more persistent. What could it be?

GERD / H. pylori: Your symptoms are consistent with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The pain and nausea is caused from acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus. The stomach acid causes irritation to the esophagus which can lead to serious problems. H. pylori is a bacteria that can live in the stomach and can cause GERD. H. pylori can be cured. Consider having a blood test for H.pylori. ...Read more

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What could cause upper abdominal pain and mid back pain? I've been on a picc line for antibiotics to cure a staph infection for the past 5 weeks.

What could cause upper abdominal pain and mid back pain?  I've been on a picc line for antibiotics to cure a staph infection for the past 5 weeks.

Many possibilities: The recent staph infection may or may not be related to your current abdominal symptoms. Ask for an ultrasound of your gallbladder, to look for gallstones when you get in with your primary. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause upper abdominal pain to the point that I can't eat?

What can cause upper abdominal pain to the point that I can't eat?

Nausea: Several possibilities. A bad gallbladder should be considered, particularly if eating brings on the pain/nausea. Okay to get evaluated by your doc, ask for Ultrasound of gallbladder or nuclear TECH HIDA scan. If these test are negative then EGD. Be well. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from upper abdominal pain. I don't have insurance. Is it an ulcer? How can I treat it?

I'm suffering from upper abdominal pain. I don't have insurance. Is it an ulcer? How can I treat it?

Get insurance: This is an important time for you to get insurance. In michigan the weather is very cold. If you have an accident while driving any hospital bill will be very expensive. Abdominal pain can be from many causes. Any tests your doctor or emergency room orders will cost more if you pay out of pocket. Look for a health department or ask your employer for ways to get insurance soon. ...Read more

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I am having upper abdominal pain. Cause? Can u explain.?

Many things: Your description is insufficient to make a diagnostic decision, but includes acid reflux, esophageal spasm, gastritis, gastric or peptic ulcer, pancreatic disease, biliary tract disease, colitis or colon tumor. More details and diagnostic tests are necessary to give you a more detailed answer. All of these possibilities should be ruled out by your physician as soon as possible. Don't delay. ...Read more

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For the past 2 weeks I have severe upper abdominal pain. What could it be?

For the past 2 weeks I have severe upper abdominal pain. What could it be?

See your doctor: A couple things come to mind - stomach ulcers, gallbladder problems, large hiatal hernia, inflammation of the pancreas. These are just a few of the many possibilities. See your doctor for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been having constant upper abdominal pain,what could be going on?

Be seen: By PCP or general surgeon and have exam and history, and likely some testing. Many potential diagnoses. ...Read more

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Epigastric Pain (Definition)

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Upper Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Upper abdominal pain is pain felt in the belly, above the abdomen. Problems in the stomach, upper intestine, and liver may cause ...Read more