Abdominal Pain Causes

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Abdominal pain is pain or discomfort that a person feels anywhere between the lower chest to the distal groin. Some health care professionals include the diaphragm, pelvis (and genitals) and the retroperitoneal space. Chest and abdominal pain are the two top reasons why people go to emergency rooms, according to the CDC.

What are the ways to describe abdominal pain?

There are three general categories that are often used to describe abdominal pain:

  1. The location of pain,
  2. The quality or type of pain and
  3. The intensity of the pain.

Other qualifiers and questions are often used to describe these features:

  • Does the pain radiate anywhere?
  • Does the pain come and go?
  • What makes the pain better or worse?

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