Abdominal pain: What's causing it and when to see a doctor

Abdominal pain: What's causing it and when to see a doctor

Abdominal pain can be caused by a wide variety of issues, from gas to conditions like appendicitis or Crohn’s disease.

The severity and area of the abdomen affected can help with a diagnosis.

The main causes of abdominal pain are infection, abnormal growth, obstruction, intestinal disorders and inflammation.

Mild abdominal pain will go away without treatment.

Call 911 if your abdominal pain is severe or associated with trauma from an accident/injury.

Seek immediate help if the pain is so severe that you need to curl into a ball to get comfortable.

Visit a doctor if you're experiencing bloody stools, fever greater than 101°F, vomiting up blood or persistent nausea.

Call your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and you experience abdominal pain.