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Your General Abdominal Pain May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in whole abdomen area
Aches and pains in whole belly area
Aches and pains in whole stomach area
General stomach pain
Painful whole abdomen area
Painful whole belly area
Painful whole stomach area
Sore whole abdomen area
Sore whole belly area

Top 10 General Abdominal Pain Causes

  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.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    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

    You should see your doctor in the coming day. There, they would assess whether you require a breath test for the bug, H. Pylori, and/or a test where they put a camera down the throat to look at the stomach wall. Treatment is dependent on the outcomes of the doctor's visit. If it's just because of a medication, the first treatment would be to stop it. If it's an infection, antibiotics would be appropriate. An autoimmune reaction might require supplements with Vitamin B12. Taking an antacid may be necessary for more than one of these scenarios.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, moderate abdominal pain, bloating after meals
    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.

    Drinking more water could help your constipation; shoot for the classic 8 glasses a day. Further, eating more fiber (found in bran, root vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain flour) can help soften stools as well. There are also over-the-counter fiber tablets that can help increase your dietary fiber.

    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.

    Eating more fiber (found in bran, root vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain flour) can help soften your stools. There are also over-the-counter fiber tablets that can help increase your dietary fiber. Further, drinking more water could help your constipation; shoot for the classic 8 glasses a day.

    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.

    Given how long your symptoms have lasted, you should go see your doctor to consider treatment for constipation. Typically, dietary changes like drinking more water and eating more fiber is good enough; however, over-the-counter and/or prescription medications to bulk up the stool or increase the movement of the bowels can also help when dietary changes aren't working.

    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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at the ER, where analysis of your blood and fluid leaking into the abdomen. With diagnosis, antibiotic treatments and other fluid stabilizing treatments will be started immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), diarrhea, being severely ill, fever, vomiting
    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.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    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.

    Your treatment will depend on why your have too much cortisol. If it is because you have been taking synthetic hormones, a lower dose may control your symptoms. If the cause is a tumor, surgery and other therapies may be needed, so a doctor's consultation in the near future is best.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, 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.

    You should see your doctor within a few days. There, they would assess whether you require a breath test for the bug, H. Pylori, and/or a test where they put a camera down the throat to look at the stomach wall. Treatment is dependent on the outcomes of the doctor's visit. If it's just because of a medication, the first treatment would be to stop it. If it's an infection, antibiotics would be appropriate. An autoimmune reaction might require supplements with Vitamin B12. Taking an antacid may be necessary for more than one of these scenarios.

    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.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Ascariasis is diagnosed by having your doctor look at your stool, and if the diagnosis is confirmed, they will prescribe a medication that kills the 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.How severe is your abdominal pain?
  • Q.How long has your abdominal pain been going on?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our general abdominal pain symptom checker.

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General Abdominal Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 10% Nausea
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced general abdominal pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced general abdominal pain were most often matched with:

    • 27% Viral (Norovirus) Infection
    • 2% Chronic Gastritis

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