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10 Potential General Abdominal Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    Usually resolves within 2-3 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool, vaginal bleeding, alertness level change
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronic Gastritis

    Chronic gastritis is longterm inflammation of your stomach. If it doesn't go away, this can become an ulcer. Causes include taking a medication that affects the stomach, an infection by a bug called, "H. Pylori", or your immune system reacting to yourself

    With appropriate treatment, prognosis is very good.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, moderate abdominal pain, mild abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Constipation Resulting From Dehydration

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not drinking enough water, which causes the stools to be dry and hard.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, constipation, general abdominal pain, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools
    Symptoms that always occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Constipation From Not Eating Enough Fiber

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly, it is linked to not eating enough fiber, which is the material that provides bulk to your stools.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, constipation, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool
    Symptoms that always occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber:
    constipation, constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Chronic Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    Variable

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic constipation:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic constipation:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

    Peritonitis is a bacterial infection of the abdomen often seen in patients with end-stage liver disease. The liver disease causes fluid to back up in the abdomen, which can get infected.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), diarrhea, vomiting, being severely ill, fever
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Chronic Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    Hepatitis C is a chronic infection and without treatment the effect on life expectancy is difficult to predict.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic hepatitis c:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Cushing Syndrome

    Cushing Syndrome is a hormonal disorder. The cause is long-term exposure to too much cortisol, a hormone that the adrenal gland makes. Sometimes, taking synthetic hormone medicine like corticosteroids to treat an inflammatory disease leads to Cushing's syndrome.

    Recovery depends on treatment method

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, depressed mood, weight gain, back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Acute Gastritis

    Acute gastritis is the sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, and/or upper abdominal pain that's caused by inflammation of your stomach lining. If it doesn't go away, this can become an ulcer. Causes include taking a medication that affects the stomach, an infection by a bug called, "H. Pylori", or your immune system reacting to yourself.

    Prognosis is great with the appropriate treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, mild abdominal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with acute gastritis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Intestinal Worm (Ascaris) Infection

    Infection with a worm of the species Ascaris lumbricoides, also known as large common roundworm, causes a condition called Ascariasis. It is related to poor personal hygiene and poor sanitation. Persons who live in places where human feces are used as fertilizer are also at risk of this disease.

    Should resolve within a week with proper treatment. Re-examine stool in 3 weeks to confirm elimination of worms.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About General Abdominal Pain

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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General Abdominal Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced general abdominal pain have also experienced:

    • 10% Nausea
    • 6% Diarrhea
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced general abdominal pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Day
    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced general abdominal pain were most often matched with:

    • 23% Viral (Norovirus) Infection
    • 1% Chronic Gastritis
    • 1% Constipation Resulting From Dehydration
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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