When should you see a doctor?
Not with any abdominal pain you have to see a doctor immediately - but there are some alarm signs that you should keep in mind:
4 alarm signs for abdominal pain
- The abdominal pain persists or worsens and can not be alleviated with the usual home remedies - this may indicate an acute inflammation of, for example, cecum or gallbladder.
- The abdominal pain is accompanied by severe nausea, vomiting and fever. You feel weak and the pain is accompanied by a co-reaction of the circulation such as cold-sweaty skin, increased heartbeat or dizziness - this accompanying symptom speaks for a serious event, such as an acute abdomen, a pancreatitis or an appendectomy.
- For you, there is no known disease that accompanies abdominal pain. The pain occurs again and again. Let clarify whether you may have developed food intolerance, porphyria or bile, even small intestinal protuberances (diverticula) or a colon tumor can cause abdominal pain.
- Also pay attention to your stool behavior - with changed stool frequency or color you go with a doctor's visit on the safe side.
What can one do about abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain is always a symptom and not a disease, ie, in addition to pain-relieving measures for persistent or recurrent complaints should always be sought after the cause. Sometimes a hot water bottle, a stomach-soothing tea, a day's rusks or no food is enough to help, other people swear by exercise, herbal enzymes eat easily wholesome or spicy foods - try out what's right for you.