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.
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:
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.
Some signs of abdominal pain should prompt you to see a doctor at Altus Emergency ER.
These signs could indicate a potential emergency:
You should see your doctor if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
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.