Abdominal Pain Could be a Sign of Serious Diseases

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abdominal pain sign of serious diseaseAlmost everyone had experienced abdominal pain. This disorder is often considered only as mild symptoms. But, if you are experiencing it, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

In some cases, abdominal pain may be symptoms of a particular disease or a sign of serious problems in your stomach. You should know what serious conditions which you may be experiencing, with symptoms of abdominal pain.

1. Gallstone
Gallstone is a stone that is formed in the gallbladder, a small bag hanging below the heart, and needed to digest fat. These stones can sometimes cause swelling and block the intestinal tract, resulting in pain.

Gallstone pain tends to strike the right upper abdomen, especially after eating fatty foods. Those foods triggers the gallbladder to contract.

“If the gallbladder is inflamed, every contraction that appears will be strengthened, and usually will cause pain,” said Vivek Kaul, MD, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, according to Health.

2. Inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatitis
Inflammation of the pancreas can cause a burning pain in the upper or middle abdomen. Some people even experience a shooting pain up to the back area. Drinking too much alcohol can be a trigger.

“To ease the pain, you can lie on your back and breath and exhale breath slowly. It is also sometimes accompanied by nausea,” said Osama Alaradi, MD, a gastroenterologist at Henry Ford Hospital.

3. GERD
Stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. This can cause pain in the upper abdomen and under the chest known as heartburn. The trigger is the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus in state of weakness. This condition makes acid from the stomach rise into the chest. Eating foods high in fat, can exacerbate this condition.

4. Endometriosis
This condition occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus spread to areas that are not properly and begin to grow in other parts of the body, usually around the pelvis. The effect is pain, irregular menstruation to infertility.

If endometriosis is only on one small area, surgery can help overcome the problem. Other care is through medication and hormone therapy. Then, when menstrual cycle comes, this condition tends to encourage a sense of tremendous pain.

5. Thyroid problems
Although the thyroid gland is located in the neck area, but it also can cause problems in the abdomen. If the gland produces too much hormone, it can accelerate the work of the digestive tract.

The effect is that it causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. In contrast, when producing too little hormone, it can trigger the production of gas in the stomach and causes difficulty in defecation.

“The thyroid has several functions in regulating the body’s organ work, one of which is the work of the digestive tract,” said Alaradi.

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