Stomach ache hit? Ask yourself these 4 questions so you know if it’s dangerous


Sudden cramping in the abdomen scares. The cause of it does not want to survive at all until the coercion is released – as flatulence. On the other hand, the cause of the pain can be life-threatening and require quick access to the operating room.

So how do you know how to deal with severe abdominal pain?

If the pain is not intolerable and is not accompanied by other alarming symptoms such as high fever or vomiting, you can stop in peace to reflect on the situation.

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Ask yourself these four questions:

  1. Were the ailments preceded by a greasy meal, drinking a lot of coffee or alcohol, or not eating long?
  2. Where does the pain really feel – is it on the surface of the abdomen or somewhere deeper?
  3. Is it feeling weak anyway?
  4. Is the ailment old familiar?

The most common cause of abdominal pain is functional stomach upset, such as irritable bowel syndrome or constipation. They can cause really severe pain. Usually, however, the sufferer distinguishes the familiar symptoms from other types of pain.

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A person with an irritable bowel often recognizes for himself that the pain is similar to what he has experienced, even if it is a little more intense than before. If the condition does not diminish otherwise, then it makes sense to first try whether a stomach-friendly painkiller and rest would relieve the pain.

Severe pain must be examined

In severe abdominal pain, you should not eat or drink very much, but wait for the situation to calm down. Usually, the food does not even taste, and not even a small amount of liquid stays inside.

If you feel worse, vomit or have a fever, it is a good idea to see a doctor. Occasional, wavy, or tortuous abdominal pain is often caused by stones in the urinary tract or bile.

Crippling pain and rapid loss of strength are alarm signs that need to be responded to quickly. If the abdominal pain is completely new to itself, it starts quickly and gets worse, the cause should be determined by a doctor. And leaving there should not be delayed.

The most common causes of sudden abdominal pain are appendicitis, gallstones, inflammation of the bile ducts, and intestinal obstruction. With the exception of a transient bile attack, they are serious and sometimes even life-threatening ailments that require a quick response.

Pneumonia can also cause symptoms of upper abdominal pain

There are other serious causes of severe abdominal pain. Even a heart attack or pneumonia can be symptoms of upper abdominal pain.

Gynecological problems, such as ectopic pregnancy or the onset of a cyst, also often cause sudden and severe pain in the abdomen. Urinary tract infection or urinary stones also feel like severe pain.

A painful, severe pain that starts in seconds can tell a blood clot that has blocked the intestinal bloodstream due to an untreated flimmer, or atrial fibrillation.

This, along with the rupture of the stomach or intestines, are life-threatening situations.

The abdomen tells of the disaster

Tension in the abdomen often reveals the severity of the situation. The slender recognizes it himself, but at the latest the doctor notices this special symptom: The abdominal coverings that become hard are a reflex of the body with which it protects itself in severe pain.

There is an abdominal catastrophe in the background, such as an outbreak of a stomach ulcer. The contents of the acidic stomach then leak into the abdominal cavity and cause inflammation of the peritoneum, which causes the abdominal coverings to stiffen in a defensive reaction.

If the pain is so severe that you will not be able to sit in a taxi or walk, you should not be drawn into the ambulance.

An inflamed appendix can be really sore and frightening properly. Before, it led almost immediately to the cutting table.

According to new studies, an inflamed appendix does not always require surgical treatment, but an inflamed appendix can also be treated with antibiotics. Today, the best treatment is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Heidi Lilja, a specialist in general surgery, is an expert.

This article appeared in Good Health. As a subscriber, you can read all numbers free of charge from the digilehdet.fi service.


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