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Acute Care Advisor 2017.1 Copyright © 2017 RelayHealth, a division of McKesson Technologies Inc. All rights reserved.
Abdominal pain is aching or cramping in your belly. The abdomen, or belly, is the area between the chest and the pelvis. The pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.
Many things can cause abdominal pain and it can sometimes be hard to know the exact cause of the pain. Some of the common causes of pain in the abdomen are:
Indigestion or heartburn
Infections, such as food poisoning or stomach flu
Stress and anxiety
Gastritis (an irritation of the stomach lining) or ulcers
Urinary tract infection
Diseases of the intestine
Pancreatitis or liver problems
Disease or infection in the uterus
Gallbladder inflammation or gallstones
Sometimes abdominal pain is caused by a problem in another part of the body, such as the lungs or the heart. For example, a heart attack can cause upper abdominal pain.
You cannot always tell how serious the cause is from how bad the pain is. Mild conditions such as gas or stomach flu may cause severe pain, while more serious problems, such as cancer, may cause relatively mild pain.