Abdominal Pain in Lumberton, TX

At Altus Emergency Center, we provide the best emergency care in Lumberton, and we take abdominal pain very seriously. Abdominal pain can represent many things, and when you feel discomfort or pain your body is trying to tell you something. Abdominal pain can indicate a severe condition medically and, in some cases, it can even be a medical emergency. That makes it vital for you to know when you should see a doctor if you do have pain in your stomach.

Causes of Abdominal Pain in 77657

Realize that your abdomen has a lot going on in it all the time and the abdominal cavity holds some important organs with which we cannot live without. Inside this cavity, there is located our reproductive organs, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, appendix, urinary bladder, pancreas, large intestine, small intestine, duodenum, stomach, liver, spleen, as well as blood vessels, muscles, bones, and other structures. If you have an issue with any of the listed organs or any of the structures, it will probably cause you pain and might cause you other symptoms.

It makes the list of problems that can cause abdominal pain extremely large.

The following is only a partial list of the most common causes of most abdominal pain:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Ischemia of the bowel
  • Pancreatitis
  • A hernia
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Peritonitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Indigestion or gas

There are a few clues that physicians at Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton use when they evaluate your abdominal pain. While not true in everyone’s case, it gives them a place to start.

If the pain is everywhere over your abdomen (covering over half of your abdomen) it is probably benign like a stomach bug or indigestion, but if the pain is in one spot and one area, it is more than likely from one certain organ, like the gallbladder or appendix.

Cramping pain most of the time is probably benign unless you are experiencing severe pain, experiencing cramps for over 24 hours, or accompanied by a fever.

Colicky pain (a pain that comes in what seems like waves) is more than likely caused by some obstruction or even a partial blockage, like a kidney stone or gallstones.

Wondering if You Should See A Doctor in Lumberton?

Some signs of abdominal pain should prompt you to see a doctor at Altus Emergency ER.

These signs could indicate a potential emergency:

  • You start vomiting blood
  • You have tarry or bloody stools
  • You can’t pass stools, especially with vomiting (sometimes vomiting up stool)
  • Your pain expands above the abdomen (to your neck, chest, or shoulder)
  • The pain is sudden, severe, and sharp
  • Your pain is associated with shortness of breath
  • You are pregnant, recently experienced a trauma, or have cancer
  • You have extreme tenderness in the area of your pain
  • Abdominal distention is significant and getting worse

You should see your doctor if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Pain that has been persistent for more than one or two days,
  • Have a fever
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea that will not go away after two days
  • A prolonged period of no appetite or significant weight loss
  • Persistent vaginal bleeding
  • Burning when urinating, having frequent urination
  • Pain even if mild and self-limiting, keeps recurring frequently

Abdominal pain in Lumberton, TX is common and as said most of the time, benign, but do not brush it off. If you have any of the signs or symptoms that might suggest a serious problem, get medical advice at Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton.

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