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Abdominal Pain (Adults)


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Comment from: 713, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I've been experiencing abdominal pain going on 3 years now. My gallbladder has been removed after ultrasound found stones, but I am still having center abdominal pain and upper center back pain. It feels like somebody is squeezing the life out of me, with unbearable severe cramping in the center of my stomach. No doctor can figure out what exactly it is. I've have numerous CAT scans and been to every hospital there is. I wish I knew what is going on with me.

Comment from: Rome, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I been having severe and constant abdominal pain for about 3 years now and been to 50 doctors and still can't figure out what the problem is. All they say is acid reflux.

Comment from: Curious_kat775, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 02

I have major heartburn until I lie partly on my side/back. Putting pressure on my abdomen makes me have to urinate and I have been constipated for three days. When my boyfriend lays his head on my stomach he makes my belly twitch.

Comment from: MRS , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 28

Bloating, cramping, excessive gas and now sharp pains about 6 inches above my navel. I have recently had an upper gastrointestinal test and been told I have 3 ulcers which cause my abdominal pains. I am taking Prilosec for 8 weeks. My appendix is out, so that's not an issue. I have no acid reflux. I was told by an emergency room doctor that I was constipated, and also my doctor told me the same thing. The gastroenterologist, said I was not constipated. In fact I sometimes have 3 to 5 bowel movements in one day.

Comment from: A L MOON, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

Along with abdominal pain I have excessive gas, stomach cramps behind belly button, hungry feeling and excessive stools.

Comment from: Kerri , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I feel bloated and full all the time and I can't lose weight. I eat great, mostly gluten free, but can't lose weight, so uncomfortable.

Comment from: dbar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I am having some severe pain in my lower right side abdomen.

Comment from: Molly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I have had lower abdominal pain, nausea, no appetite, and bloating for a week.

Comment from: Djs1000, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

The past few weeks I've been getting a pain in my stomach, like cramp, and now when I get it, it bruises.

Comment from: Christina, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I have a bloated stomach, and upper and right side abdominal pain. I have heartburn often.

Comment from: Jeanette , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

Almost one year now in August I started with severe constipation, then severe bloating, couldn't release gas through rectum or mouth. Every day I feel nausea but I never can vomit. The abdominal pain every morning is so bad I cry all the time because of the pain and no one really knows any reason. I did a colonoscopy and several endoscopies which showed several ulcers. I have been on medications for a long time, been on over 25 to 30 medicines for constipation, and nothing works.

Comment from: Grazie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I am on my period but I am having really bad pain right in the middle of my stomach. My abdominal pain gets worse every time I move or walk and is better when I am just staying still. I wonder if I need to be concerned, I have never had this pain before.

Comment from: cds16, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I have had stomach pain on the right side for two days, it feels like something is enlarged on that side, like something is inside me. I know that sounds crazy, I'm not pregnant, I did take a test. I have felt dull and achy on that side and I'm bloated, constipated but have been going, my appetite is fine and no fever; just very consistent pain and bloating but the pain isn't severe. I am not sure what it can be.

Comment from: NEIL , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I have stomach pain in the middle of stomach and low abdomen. I also have burping, flatulence and no energy.

Comment from: Linda , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I've been having heartburn, abdominal swelling and upper abdominal pain. I had an endoscopy and it came back normal. During a routine ultrasound for my upper abdominal pain, they discovered multiple cysts and an enlarged liver. I was told that those have nothing to do with my upper abdominal pains. They sent me to do a CT for a better look at my liver. Same result. The doctor said most likely it's just heartburn. It's always there; whether I eat or not. As soon as I get up in the morning I wake up with a heartburn. I drink water and still have heartburn. I ask if the simple heartburn causes abdominal swelling and pain and have yet to hear an answer. I'm taking the medication they prescribed but it doesn't help much. I take the medication and eat a small meal and I have the heartburn and pain. The doctor asked if I overeat. I told them that I have not been able to eat much for over 3 months because of the heartburn and pain. I don't know what else I am supposed to do.

Comment from: Ravi, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

Since past 2 months, when I walk for just 5 minutes my stomach starts paining severely forcing me to sit down for a few minutes and again after 5 minutes I am required to sit down. This has made me handicapped and I do not know what kind of doctor can diagnose and treat me.

Comment from: Diane y, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

Every time I eat or drink I get abdominal pains when I walk and have difficulty breathing.

Comment from: tony, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

The whole of my stomach hurts and pains so much from the right to the left.

Comment from: BJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I am having constant dull lower right abdominal pain and tenderness for over a week.

Comment from: Steve, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I have occasional sharp short pain in lower left stomach, bloating, and rumbling.

Comment from: tony, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I have had stomach pains now for 7 months, I've been on 8 different antibiotics. It started in the left hand side but now it has developed across my lower stomach and right hand side also. I am currently on co-amoxiclav 500, metronidazole 200mg and mebeverine 135mg, it's frustrating for me now.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

My abdominal pain starts in the morning and increases throughout day. Milk of Magnesia and anti-acid/anti-gas OTC liquids take the edge off during periods of hunger when stomach pain worsens. It feels like a burning and inner-writhing of spasms at its worst and strange noises can be heard within. I'm thinking that less food throughout day may result in less trauma at night trying to relax. It feels under pressure then and especially sensitive.

Published: July 28

I had severe abdominal pain just around and below navel that would begin and get worse for a few days, then start to lessen gradually. It left me incapacitated for a week at a time. I had 13 attacks over the course of two years at the age of 58. I had many, many tests with no answer. Finally, my gastroenterologist told me I had irritable bowel and would have to live with it. My answer was that something was causing it, and I was not going to live with it. I had no other symptoms. I finally discovered, on my own that the cause was aspartame. I had been consuming one or two diet cocoa's a day most days, didn't have any other diet food or drink. Have not had aspartame (or any other artificial sweetener) in 8 years, and have been pain free all that time.

Comment from: Fidel, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 16

I have pain in the upper stomach radiating to the back, I just moved to a different place and the way of food and eating since while I was home there was no problem at all. But since I moved to the military camp after 1 day of eating I started having pain. I very often I have stomach pain due to the change of place and food. Eleven years ago I had pseudocyst removed so I am scared that I have pancreatitis, even though I have no vomiting, no fever, just pain in the middle of the stomach radiating to the back. So far I have used pantoprazole 40mg but it didn't help too much.

Comment from: eljhon, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 28

My stomach lower parts are always in pain for almost 1 year.

Comment from: Royce, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 13

The abdominal pain occurs most of the day. It varies from upper, lower and middle abdomen. It the middle of the night when I have sharp pains I get up and drink water of milk and seems to help. I have had a cat scan and a endoscopy and neither showed anything. The doctor is considering a colonoscopy next. I don't have any fever, loose bowels or vomiting. Any suggestions as to what my problem may be. I am really getting tired of the pain.

Comment from: Also worried mom, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 15

Dear worried mom. My son who is 14 also has had abdominal pain and now headaches for almost 2 years. We have been through all gastro tests at Johns Hopkins and they have found nothing except a little GERD. I have been researching and trying different things but nothing has worked yet. We do have an appt in a couple days with a different doctor, so we have our fingers crossed.

Comment from: Wife, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 15

For more than 30 years my wife has had what she called "her belly button pain." She had a hernia repair around 20 years ago and thought it fixed the problem. About a month ago she had a test that was "inconclusive" for celiac disease. We went "gluten free" and since then she has had about 4-5 episodes--3 in the last 3 days. She is in such pain she throws up (with no nausea; only pain). I am in tears, feeling so helpless. Usually, after she throws up, she is able to fall asleep. What is this? She has been to a Gastroenterologist. She has had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT, X-ray and blood work. Everything is negative except the "inconclusive" for celiac disease. Since then, we have been trying to very carefully go in the gluten-free direction. I am scared it's cancer or something that has eaten away her intestines and I am going to lose her. Please help me. I'm so scared.

Comment from: shelly, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 04

My 13 year old son has had abdominal pain (severe at times) for 2 months. All blood tests come back negative. Stomach x rays said moderate stool in colon. I was cleaned out. Still having problems. Dr.'s seem to have no clue. Also gets lightheaded, dizzy and blurred vision when standing up. Very, very concerning to everyone in my family, Doctors are not being proactive. Do not know where to turn for help.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

I have been to the emergency room twice with this crampy, painful stomach. Both times I was given antibiotics. As soon as I used up the medications, the pain was back. I don't know how people put up with the pain. I can't go out for a meal as the pain starts as soon as I eat. I'm now only taking Maalox and Tylenol as needed.

Published: July 08

My wife has had abdominal pain for weeks. Pain continues about 2 to 4 inches below the navel and it never seems to let up. Her physician treated her for nerves, but I beg to differ and would like more advice. She has hypertension 140/90. Hypothyroid activity and is experiencing hot flashes symptoms of menopause. Electrolytes loss is frequent and she consumes Gatorade and other G.H.S.

Published: June 20

My husband experienced intense, debilitating abdominal pain that sent him to the ER. They did a cat scan, bloodwork, physical exam, fecal exam, etc., and they all showed no cause. Pain relief was administered, and he was sent home on a soft, bland diet for a week. During this time, he stopped eating "diet" foods made with Splenda, and all his symptoms abated. As long as he stayed away from Splenda, he felt fine.

Published: June 17

My pain comes on suddenly and makes me look as if I have a football in my belly its also very hard and I find it difficult to walk. I have had the problem for a few years now and not much relieves it fully. My abdomen is painful to the touch as if bruised. Nothing specific triggers it and the most severe pain has lasted for many hours with a duller pain most of the time every day.

Published: June 17

I have been in pain for at least one year, maybe longer. I cannot stand much more. It feels like I am carrying a bowling ball, and I always have to pee, so tired, feel like crap all the time. Menstrual bleeding is a lot and long.

Published: June 17

My stomach hurts in the center/upper. I have severe pain that comes for about ten seconds and then goes away. Sometimes the pain is two or three times, then goes away for thirty minutes or more. It almost seems as if my entire stomach area is now sore, to the touch.

Published: June 13

Attacks of abdominal pain lasts 15-20 minutes several times a week, been going on for at least 5 years after two colon polyps removed in a colonoscopy pain was gone.

Published: June 09

For the last twenty years I have had occurrences of severe abdominal pain. It may hurt for several days, in the middle of the top of my stomach (at the ribs cage) and there will be mild nausea with it. When I eat something, it will subside for a while, then return. After day or two, I will develop severe stomach cramps at one point, so severe that I feel as if I need to have a bowel movement, but I will break out in a cold sweat and have thought I was blacking out twice when this happened. My husband says that my face turns totally white at this point. After I fight off the feeling of blacking out, I will have a runny stool, then be weak the rest of the day (or night)....very frightening.

Published: June 09

I have had right flank pain for about three months. Only hurts when I am jarred or I twist or turn around like looking over my shoulder, or sit in a hard back chair for too long. It is relieved when I lay down. It does not hurt or bother me while sleeping. When I arise in the morning, it returns as soon as I start walking around. X Rays, blood tests, MRI and CT scans all have been negative. I cannot press on anything to make it hurt. It feels like an old fashioned side ache or cramp when you started running right after eating, but this does not go away until I lay down. Tried Tramadol, but it only made me goofy and did nothing for the pain.

Published: June 06

My pain started abruptly. It is light in the morning and builds as I eat and drink. I have trouble passing gas and feel that two areas in my large colon are compressed. I have lost 15 percent of my weight. The pain is either below my ribs or near my sigmoid colon. I take sleep medication to get nights sleep and have several small bowel movements in the morning.

Published: June 02

The pain lasted about 3 hours. It has been 12 hours since, and I can still feel some pain, but it is very mild. What helped me out with the pain was that I laid down on my bed, curled up (fetal position), and put my hands on my abdomen, where it was hurting. I think maybe the heat from my hands could've caused it to relax. It was the worst pain I've ever felt. I couldn't even stand up.

Published: May 30

My abdomen pains come and go, about every 15 minutes sometimes. They come early in the mornings and late at nights. I sometimes feel relief after I drink some tea. Sometimes it just gets worst.

Published: May 19

I have been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I had my gallbladder removed last year no stones, but I was told it was diseased. This is what is currently happening: If I eat or drink too much the left side of my abdomen hurts severely. I feel like I want to throw up. I drink Mylanta and eat about 6-8 Tums and push my stomach in and pray that I have a bowel movement. It does not stop the pain, but it gives me some relief. The upper part of my abdomen is extended and very hard. I have frequent bowel movements which are never hard they are actually very soft. When I do not eat or drink the area is fine. It does not matter if I eat ice cubes and drink water. I am not running a fever, but I do have chills sometimes.

Published: July 23

I found that prune juice relieves that pain a little, by removing gas from the abdominal cavity.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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