Everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time: Eating a large meal, catching the stomach flu, or constipation can all cause generalized abdominal pain. However, abdominal pain isn’t always benign, which explains why it’s one of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room. The board-certified doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 in San Marcos, Texas provides comprehensive care for patients with persistent or severe abdominal pain. If you’re worried about your abdominal pain, come to the office any time for prompt, no-wait care.
Abdominal pain, which is also commonly called a stomach ache, belly ache, gut ache, or even pelvic pain, can affect any area between your chest and your groin. Most of the time, abdominal pain resolves itself and isn’t symptomatic of a serious health problem.
Most types of abdominal pain can be categorized in one of four ways:
Abdominal pain can be short-lived or it can persist for weeks, months, or longer, and become chronic. Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain include:
More serious causes of abdominal pain include:
Women can also experience abdominal pain from severe menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Although the severity of your abdominal pain doesn’t always accurately reflect the seriousness of its underlying cause — gas pain can be very severe — it’s still important to know when abdominal pain requires prompt attention.
If your abdominal pain is so debilitating that you can’t sit comfortably or move without causing more pain, you should see the doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 ASAP.
You should also seek immediate care if your abdominal pain is accompanied by any other type of discomfort, like chest, neck, or shoulder pain. Other serious co-symptoms to watch out for include:
If you have unexplained and worrisome abdominal pain, call My Emergency Room 24/7 or drop by for prompt, no-wait care any time.