Abdominal pain is a very common complaint in the outpatient setting. Most
people will experience the occasional bout of upset stomach or discomfort. While
abdominal pain and discomfort may resolve on their own, it is important to know
when to talk with a doctor.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Everyone is at risk for occasional abdominal discomfort. There are many different
causes of abdominal pain and each has its own specific set of risk factors. This
is why it is important to speak with your doctor if you experience new, severe or
ongoing abdominal pain.
ABDOMINAL PAIN AND DISCOMFORT SYMPTOMS
Abdominal pain can range from mild to very severe. It can be described as cramping, achy,
sharp, dull and everything in between. Abdominal pain may come on suddenly or slowly build
up. It can be constant or come in waves. Warning signs that abdominal pain may be due to a
serious illness include severe abdominal pain, abdominal pain that is worse with movement,
sudden onset abdominal pain and pain that is progressively worsening. Certain symptoms that
accompany abdominal pain may also be worrisome. These include fever, blood in stool, weight
loss, abdominal swelling, yellowing of the skin or eyes and persistent vomiting. If you have any
of these it is important to let your doctor know immediately.
Diagnosis and Abdominal Pain and Discomfort Treatment
The diagnosis of abdominal pain is started when your doctor takes a complete medical history
and does a physical examination. Sometimes lab testing and imaging studies, such and x-ray or
CT scan may be required. The treatment of abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause. If
no specific underlying cause is found there are may treatments to focus on reducing symptom like
nausea, bloating and diarrhea.
How PlushCare Works
1. Video chat with a doctor to tell them about your symptoms.
2. The doctor can diagnose your abdominal discomfort and provide a prescription or treatment recommendation.
3. You can pick up your script at the pharmacy of your choice, or even get recommended testing done near you.