Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is a very broad term for multiple conditions occurring in the area between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hips.

ICD-10 Code : R10

Its is generally due to some type of dysfunction of the organs within the area. These organs include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas.

Abdominal Pain - organs of the abdomen
Abdominal Pain – organs of the abdomen

The dysfunction is either distention of the intestines, inflammation, a disturbance in the blood flow to the organ or hyper-motility (excessive) motility of the intestines. Cramping of the bowels, due to spasms of the bowel muscles, is another factor..

Symptoms that can be experienced can include:

  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • General discomfort in the abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
  • Heartburn

Diagnosed on the based on the physical examination, and testing. It is difficult to get an accurate diagnosis and there are many times the cause is misdiagnosed. The characteristics of the pain can change over time, the test often do not show abnormalities and the diseases causing the pain often have similar characteristics and appear to mimic each other.

Referred pain from other organs such as the ovaries or prostrate can complicate the diagnosis.

Common cause of pain include

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach virus
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies
  • Gas
  • Lactose intolerance
    Abdominal Pain - lactose intolerance
    Abdominal Pain – lactose intolerance
  • Ulcers
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hernia
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Endometriosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Appendicitis

You should contact your health care professional if the pain is severe or recurrent. If any of the following also occur then you should take it more seriously.

  • Fever
  • Can’t keep food down
  • Dehydration
    Abdominal Pain - Dehydration
    Abdominal Pain – Dehydration
  • Constipation with vomiting
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Tender tummy
  • Injury to the abdomen

The following are signs immediate medical care is required

  • Vomit blood
  • Have bloody or black tarry stools
  • Have difficulty breathing
  • Have pain occurring during pregnancy

If you don’t have any of the serious symptoms listed above, then I would recommend the natural route.

You may be suffering from an imbalance in your bacteria in your gut, your microbionta (scientific term) or probiotics for the rest of us.

This is easily fixed by taking a Noster ProBiotic every day. They will load your system with all the good bacteria you need to have a healthy gut.

Even if you have any of the other problems listed above taking a Noster ProBiotic every day will greatly assist in alleviating many of the symptoms.

Don’t gamble with your health, protect your immune system, take a Noster ProBiotic every day

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