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Stomach ache: is it serious?

Belly pain is one of the most common pains. It can appear suddenly (acute abdominal pain), for example after a meal, or persist for a prolonged period and reappear regularly (chronic abdominal pain).

Depending on their causes, the pains can manifest themselves in different places of the belly. Doctors talk about "abdominal pain" or "abdominal pain".

Some pains are manifest at a specific point of the abdominal cavity, others in a diffuse way on the whole abdomen.

The stomach ache can also manifest itself in the form of cramp or colic, it is sometimes accompanied by other pains or other symptoms, for example:

  • nausea and / or vomiting,
  • heartburn,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • bloating,
  • a meteorism (excessive amount of gas that accumulates in the intestine),
  • bleeding in the stool,
  • a fever,
  • a hardening of the abdominal wall ...

The stomach ache is a symptom that can reveal many gastrointestinal diseases.

Often, abdominal pain has benign causes, such as poor diet, food intolerance ... Especially when they occur after taking a meal.

However, the abdominal cavity contains, in addition to the stomach and intestine, other organs that can also be the source of stomach pain: for example, the pancreas or gall bladder ...

The abdominal pains are often the consequence of a stress or a great psychic and emotional load.

They can also be a sign of functional disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, a very common problem.

If in women, abdominal pain is still manifest in the context of menstruation, it may be menstrual pain, or a gynecological disease such as endometriosis.

A stomach ache can also indicate an emergency: if the pain is intense and sudden, and increases in a short time (minutes or hours), it can indicate a serious illness, even potentially fatal.

Often the general state of the person affected then deteriorates very quickly parallel to the pain: pallor, nausea, perspiration or cardiovascular problems. In these cases, it is very important to call an emergency physician immediately, or call 15.

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Read also :

> Aerophagia: how to relieve symptoms?
> All about gastrointestinal diseases
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Authors: Dr. Nicolas Evrard, Dorothée Gebele.

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