Intestinal cramps have in common the presence of pain that is located in the abdomen.
However, the intensity, the duration and the area covered may be very diverse. Pain intensity has nothing to do with the origin of pain. (The presence of gases, for example, may be more painful than colon cancer).
The location of abdominal often defines its causes. For example, a pain that affects more than half of the abdomen is often a gas or indigestion signal, usually resolved through issuance of flatulence or loose stools.
When a sharp pain affects much of the abdominal area may indicate the presence of an intestinal blockage. If pain affects a single point, usually indicates that an organ is affected, like the appendix or liver.
A sharp pain that goes away and comes back is often a signal of the the presence of kidney stones or gallstones.
Diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain
Only medical diagnosis can determine the nature of abdominal pain. The doctor must rule out the fact that recurrent abdominal pain, sharp, persistent or severe sin some cases, is not responding to more serious than simple indigestion.
Medical diagnosis for this type of pain is based on a physical examination and a personal interview in which the doctor will consider a number of symptoms, their location and how that occurs for diagnosing the causes of this pain.
In addition, the doctor may need a series of tests to reassert the diagnosis (X-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen, blood, urine or feces tests , etc)
You need to see a doctor if any of these circumstances takes place:
- When the pain is severe
- When abdominal pain intensity is maintained equal for two or three days.
- When the pain gets worse
- If abdominal pain reappears after about 30 days.
- If you are pregnant
- If you have cancer
- If there is a weight loss for no apparent reason.
- If you have lost your appetite
- If, along with abdominal pain, other symptoms such as fever, vomiting, menstruation problems, trouble breathing, chest pain, pain in the neck or shoulders, burning during urination, frequent urination, severe diarrhea or inability to evacuate or malaise