Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)
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The patient's treatment will depend on what the doctor thinks is causing the abdominal pain.
The patient may be given IV (intravenous) fluids. The health care professional may ask the patient not to eat or drink anything until the cause of the pain is known. This is done to avoid worsening certain medical conditions (for example adding food to the stomach if there is a ruptured ulcer) or to prepare the patient in case they need to have surgery (an empty stomach is better when general anesthesia is needed).
The patient may be given pain medication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2014
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