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Underlying causes of abdominal pain
There are many different causes of abdominal pain. Some cause short-term pain, some cause long-term pain or pain that comes and goes (recurring pain) and others cause sudden and severe pain.
Stomach cramps, 'tummy ache' or sharp gut pain can be caused by many things, from heartburn to a bowel obstruction. Learn more here.
Acute pancreatitis appears as sudden, severe upper abdominal pain, often spreading through to the back. Learn more about this condition and its symptoms here.
Appendectomy is an operation to remove an infected or inflamed appendix. Learn how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect.
Duodenal ulcers are a common cause of abdominal pain but they can be treated. Learn what causes duodenal ulcers and how best to deal with them.
The symptoms of acute pancreatitis can be similar to symptoms of other medical emergencies such as heart attack. If you or someone in your care has these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.
Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and tends to only last one or two days. Learn the causes and when to seek medical advice.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes painful swelling and redness inside the digestive tract.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms
Pancreatic cancer can be present without causing any symptoms at all. Symptoms might not appear until the cancer affects other organs.
Glandular fever (also called the ‘kissing disease’) is an infectious disease which is common in teenagers and young adults. Learn how glandular fever can be spread.