Abdomen

Your abdomen is more than just your stomach and six-pack (for us muscular types). It’s home to many of your vital organs—your intestines and bladder, the reproductive system, the quirky appendix, and more. So when pain strikes, it requires a bit of sleuthing.

Abdominal pain by location

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Appendicitis: Symptoms & How to Treat
Appendicitis is an inflammation or infection in your appendix, a small pouch in the lower, right side of your belly. Surgery is usually required, but sometimes, when caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics.

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Abdominal Swelling: 10 Causes & Symptoms
A swollen abdomen is commonly caused by gastrointestinal issues that induce bloating. Some of these conditions include IBS, heartburn, bacteria in the intestines, or constipation. But there are more serious causes as well.

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Pancreatitis: Know the Symptoms & What to Do
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that causes severe pain in the upper abdomen and nausea. Call your doctor or seek care immediately as it can be a medical emergency.

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Pain Around the Belly Button
Pain around the belly button is often associated with the cecum, the appendix, ascending colon, right ovary and fallopian tube, or the right ureter.

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Pain Below the Ribs
This pain is commonly caused by stomach-related issues like indigestion or stomach ulcer, inflammation of the right or left side organs, or an injury.

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Why Abdominal Pain Is Worse After Eating
Having abdominal pain after eating, also known as postprandial pain, is caused by a range of issues, but typically triggered by the foods you eat, like spicy or fatty foods.

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Sharp Abdominal Pain: Causes & When to Go to the ER
Sharp abdominal pain could be caused by gas or could mean you need immediate medical attention. Learn about 10 causes for severe abdominal pain and understand whether or not to worry.

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Abdominal Pain: Causes & When to Be Concerned
Abdominal pain is usually a sign of a common illness or infection. Other causes include indigestion, a stomach ulcer, IBS, or food poisoning.

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Why Abdominal Pain Worsens With Movement
If you have abdominal pain that gets worse with movement, you may also have stomach cramps and nausea. Stomach pain when moving around may be caused by appendicitis or a stomach ulcer.

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Abdomen Itch: Symptoms & Causes

An itchy abdomen can be caused by a range of issues from contact dermatitis to shingles. Learn what the symptoms mean and how to treat it.

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When Are Hard Abdominal Lumps Serious?

A hard abdominal lump can feel painful and be associated with bloating, gas, or constipation. It ca be caused by a cyst, wart, or abscess. A lump above the belly button can also be caused by a hernia.

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Abdominal lumps

Lump in Belly Button: Causes and Treatment
Children experiencing a lump in the belly button may have a congenital anomaly, while belly button lumps in adults may be caused by a hernia, an inflammatory condition, or a mass.

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A Lump on the Lower Right Abdomen
A lump on the right side with no pain could be a sign of a skin abscess. A painful lump can be caused by ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids in women. Hernias might also cause a lump or bulge.

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What Does a Lump in Your Lower Left Abdomen Mean?
A mass or abdominal lump on the lower left abdomen can most commonly be caused by skin conditions like cysts, abscess, or growth of fatty tissue known as lipoma. If you have a lump that causes pain on the left side of the abdomen, you may also have a hernia or an ovarian cyst if you are female.

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