7 Different Types of Stomach ache - What It Means and How to Treat Them

The abdominal area houses several organs. There’s the stomach, liver, kidneys, large intestine, and small intestine, among others. So, when we feel stomach ache, the first thing to do is work out where it’s coming from. Then we can decide if it’s something we need to see the doctor about. Here’s how to narrow things down.

  1. Right Hypochondriac Region – Organs in this area are the liver, gallbladder and right kidney. So abdominal pain here indicates problems associated with those specific organs, including hepatitis, liver abscess caused by bacterial infection, gallstone cholangitis, right kidney cone inflammation, right kidney stone, and others.
  1. Epigastric Region – Pain in this area is an indication of possible gastrointestinal diseases because it houses the esophagus and stomach. It could be gastritis, esophagitis and acid reflux. It can also be related to diseases of the gallbladder and heart such as gallstones, cholangitis, myocardial infarction, and others.
  1. Left Hypochondriac Region – This area houses the stomach, spleen, pancreas and left kidney. Pain here may indicate gastritis, pancreatitis, ruptured spleen, left kidney cone, left kidney stone, nephritis, and others.
  1. Umbilical Region – Part of the small intestine, when inflamed, abdominal pain occurs. Abdominal pain here might indicate the onset of appendicitis or stomach-related diseases such as esophagitis, gastritis, and others.
  1. Right Iliac Region – This area is part of the appendix and right uterine. Pain here may be caused by symptoms of appendicitis or inflamed right cervix. If the pain is severe or acute and increases steadily, or begins to ache from the navel area and moves to the lower right area, see a doctor as soon as possible as it might be appendicitis.
  1. Hypogastric/Suprapubic Region – In women, this area is associated with the uterus. Pain here may indicate endometritis or uterine fibroids, including diseases of the bladder such as cystitis, nephritis, and others. It may indicate an ectopic pregnancy.
  1. Left Iliac Region – This area houses part of the large intestine, kidney cone and left cervix. Pain here may indicate colitis or inflammation, left uterine inflammation, pyelonephritis, or others.

How much pain do you need to feel before you see a doctor?

If your pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible:
• Nausea, fever, or inability to eat normally for several days
• Shortness of breath
• Excretion or vomiting blood
• Pain during pregnancy
• Severe pain when touching the painful area
• Feeling pain for 2 -3 days that shows no signs of improvement after taking medication to treat the initial symptoms

All this only gives you the tools to make a preliminary assessment of the cause of an incidence of abdominal pain. You should also note any other accompanying symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or abnormal bowel movements. If the pain lingers or increases in intensity, don’t delay, go see a doctor. Report any other side effects as well so the doctor can make the most accurate diagnosis and prescribe accordingly.
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