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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

What are Symptoms of Abdominal Pain in Adults?

Abdominal pain is a symptom. It may mean that the person has a medical problem that needs treatment.

Abdominal pain may go along with other symptoms. Keep track your symptoms because this will help the doctor find the cause of your pain. Make a special note if there is sudden abdominal pain, severe abdominal pain after, eating or abdominal pain with diarrhea.

What are the Causes of Abdominal Pain in Adults?

Many acute (short-duration) and chronic (long-duration) diseases cause abdominal pain.

The diseases that most people are concerned about having are gastritis, appendicitis, kidney stones, gallbladder pain disease, duodenal and gastric ulcers, infections, and pregnancy-associated problems since these are the most common. Doctors also are concerned about ruptured blood vessels, heart attacks, liver and pancreas inflammation, kidney stones, problems with the blood circulation to the intestine, diverticulitis, cancers, and other diseases.

Abdominal pain may not arise from the abdomen.

  • Some heart attacks and pneumonias can cause abdominal pain.
  • Diseases of the pelvis or groin can also cause abdominal pain in adults.
  • Certain skin rashes, such as shingles, can feel like abdominal pain, even though the person has nothing wrong inside their body.
  • Even some poisonings, such as a black widow spider bite, can cause severe abdominal pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015
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