Abdominal Problems
Symptom-Checker: Stomach, Liver And Digestion Problems

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Abdominal Problems


Stomach Problems
Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy
Upper Abdomen Pain
Lower Abdomen Problems

Most women talk about their tummy or stomach when they refer to abdominal problems. In reality the stomach only takes up a small portion of the abdominal region. Most of the space is occupied by the large and small intestines (bowels) and the liver. See, the female body for more details.


  Diarrhea: Passing stool more than 3 times a day is defined as diarrhea. If it persists for more than 3 weeks, it is diagnosed as chronic diarrhea and may indicate an underlying disease. You should seek medical attention in this instance. Travelers diarrhea is a bout of 'the runs' which tourists often get when they go abroad, usually it is contracted by drinking the local water. It should clear up within 48 hours. See how to treat diarrhea.
Diarrhea with vomiting Diarrhea with vomiting, tummy pain and fever can be a sign of a common bacterial infection called gastroenteritis. It can be caught by eating contaminated food or drink (food poisoning), or by contact with an infected person. The condition usually passes quickly without treatment. You can help yourself by drinking plenty of water in small but frequent amounts. See, how to treat food poisoning.
Bloody diarrhea Diarrhea with blood (although there isn't always blood), tiredness, weight loss and abdominal pain; occasionally inflammation of the eye joints and skin. Could be inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), see bowel disorders.
Diarrhea with rectal bleeding Alternating constipation and diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and weight loss. Ask your doctor to check for early signs of colorectal cancer or colon polyps. A colonoscopy screening will be sufficient to rule out these diseases.
Diarrhea with weight loss Unexplained weight loss, frequent bowel movements, lighter periods, tiredness, palpitations and increased sweating. See, overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism.
Constipation Passing stools less than 3 times a week? You are constipated. If it persists longer than 2 weeks and/or there is blood in any stool that passes, contact your doctor. This is even more important if you are aged over 50 because it might be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. See, constipation.
Constipation with cramps Constipation with abdominal pain, usually on the lower left side just above the pubic bone. There may also be alternate bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, blood in stool and lack of appetite. Possibly diverticular disease.
Constipation and itchiness Feels like a tearing pain when you strain to make a bowel movement, there may be some rectal bleeding and itching around the anus. This could be anal fissures which is not usually a serious condition. You may be given laxatives to prevent constipation or a cream to rub to the affected area.
Constipation with weight gain Unexplained weight gain, fatigue, feeling the cold more easily, dry skin, and depression. See underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism.
Constipation after hysterectomy Infrequent bowel movements after a hysterectomy procedure is common, along with other issues such as urinary incontinence and fistulas. See hysterectomy complications.
  Pain on one side: You are less than 3 months pregnant. You experience lower abdominal pain on one side of the body, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and nausea. May also be shoulder pain. These are signs of an ectopic pregnancy. Seek urgent medical assistance.
Sudden cramping You are more than 3 months pregnant. You experience sudden cramping, bleeding and uterine contractions. Seek immediate medical attention, it could be placental abruption.
Pain with vaginal bleeding Cramping in the tummy or back, vaginal bleeding like a period or heavier and sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms. See, what are the early signs of a miscarriage?
Contractions before due date Regular contractions which start before week 37, menstrual type cramps, there may also be diarrhea and bloody vaginal discharge (blood show). See, premature labor. Also, how do I know if I'm in labor?
Pain with swelling Sudden weight gain, swelling of the hands and feet (edema), high blood pressure, occasionally vomiting. Seek urgent medical attention it could be preeclampsia. See also, hypertension in pregnancy.
Pain with bloating Pelvic pain, cramps, bloating and pain during sexual intercourse. See, ovarian cysts in pregnancy.
Pain like heartburn Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen (epigastric pain), may feel like heartburn but is not cured by taking indigestion medications. There may also be nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and fluid retention (edema). See HELLP syndrome.
  Belching, bloating, nausea and heartburn. May be a sign of indigestion. Most people are able to self-treat indigestion by avoiding the triggers or taking medications. If you are aged over 55 or experience unexplained weight loss, vomiting and difficulties swallowing, talk to your doctor. He will arrange tests for acid reflux disease, peptic ulcers or (rare cases) cancer of the stomach or esophagus. Nearly 90 percent of people with persistent stomach problems could be depressive (even if they don't feel sad). Read, the effects of depression.
Right side pain Pain on the right side of tummy which travels around the back. You may also experience nausea, yellow eyes and skin and pale stools. Could be gallstones.
Bruising You bruise easily, have yellowing eyes/skin, swollen abdomen, altered sleep patterns and mild confusion. You may have cirrhosis, a disease of the liver. The most common cause of cirrhosis is drinking too much alcohol or hepatitis.
Chronic pain and heartburn

All over persistent body aches, constant exhaustion, regular bouts of heartburn, alternating constipation and diarrhea, headaches and depression. See symptoms of fibromyalgia. Also, what is the difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

  Pain before period: Abdominal or lower back pain/cramps, headaches, mood swings, acne flair ups, depression and food cravings. See, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and how can I relieve period cramps?. For an overview of reproductive disorder symptoms see, female gynecological conditions.
Severe PMS symptoms Severe PMS symptoms: anger, lethargy, insomnia, panic attacks, pelvic pain and headaches/migraines. See, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Pain with irregular periods Persistent pelvic pain with irregular periods, weight gain, thinning hair and infertility. See; symptoms of PCOS.
Pain and vaginal discharge Pain in the upper right abdomen, irregular periods, pain when urinating, painful sex, vaginal discharge which may smell foul and a fever. These are all signs of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease (SID) and if left untreated can lead to infertility.
Pelvic pain and heavy periods Pelvic pressure/pain, heavy periods, need to urinate frequently, constipation and lower back pain. See, symptoms of uterine fibroids and do fibroids cause pain?
Swollen groin Lump in the groin area, it increases in size when you stand or cough, it can be pushed back into the abdomen. It can ache but is not tender to touch. This is a hernia. A hernia occurs when part of the intestines bulges through the stomach. Sometimes it becomes squeezed and blood supply is cut off. This causes sudden severe pain and is considered a medical emergency.
Bouts of pain and bowel problems Waves of abdominal pain with intermittent bouts of constipation or diarrhea. May also feel bloated, have excess stomach gas and need to urinate more frequently. You can experience symptoms every day, although most people can have days, weeks or even months symptom-free before it returns. See symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Pain on urinating Pain in the pelvis or lower back, the need to urinate frequently although there is little urine to come out. Also, burning sensation when urine is passed, the urine may look cloudy and have a strong smell. Stomach feels bloated. See, urinary tract infections. If it accompanied by chills and fever it may have spread to the kidneys.
Weight gain and hairiness Weight gain around the middle section of the abdomen, reddening of the face, increased hairiness of the body and face can be a sign of Cushing's disease. This disease is the result of excess corticosteroid hormones being produced by the pituitary gland. Treatment normally involves surgery.
Involuntary urination Involuntary leaking of urine when you cough or sneeze, sudden and frequent urges to pass urine, inability to stop urinating mid-flow if you try. These are signs of urinary incontinence. Pregnancy, hysterectomy, menopause and type 2 diabetes raise your risk factors. Pelvic floor exercises can help to tighten the muscles in the area. See, How do you do pelvic floor exercises?
Colic pain and nausea Severe colic-type (trapped wind) pain radiating from the back to the front of the groin, nausea and vomiting, blood in the urine and increased need to urinate. You may have kidney stones. These are small crystals that form in the kidneys. They can stay in the kidneys or travel down to the bladder. Most stones pass through the urine unnoticed, but if they get stuck they can cause symptoms.
Weight loss and thirst Untreated diabetes can cause excessive thirst, weight loss, recurrent yeast infections, frequent urination and worsening eye sight. See symptoms of diabetes and prediabetes guide.
Pain around belly button Minor pain starts around the belly button but becomes more severe as the hours pass. You lose your appetite, become feverish and suffer nausea or vomiting. Pain increases when you press down on the lower right area of your abdomen. Seek immediate help. You may have appendicitis.

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