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Trusted information about abdominal pain, including what it is, causes, symptoms, treatments and self-care advice, as well as when to seek medical help.
What is abdominal pain?
Trusted information on what severe abdominal pain and stomach aches are, and links to trusted resources
What causes abdominal pain?
Trusted information on the causes of sudden severe abdominal pain and long-term recurring abdominal pain, and links to trusted resources
Abdominal pain self care
Information on self care for abdominal pain and pain relief medications, tips to manage your pain, and links to further information
Abdominal pain treatments
Some types of abdominal pain need treatment by a doctor. The treatment recommended will depend on the cause and severity of the pain, and how long you have had it.
Trusted information on diarrhoea (diarrhea in American English) symptoms for babies, children and adults, and links to trusted resources.
If your appendix is infected or inflamed, you may require an appendectomy, an operation to remove the appendix. It often needs to be performed urgently. 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.
People who have acute pancreatitis have sudden, severe upper abdominal pain, often spreading through to the back, and often eased by leaning forward. They may also have nausea, vomiting, fevers, sweats and have a tender abdomen. They need treatment in hospital.
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove your uterus (womb). It is a major operation usually recommended after simpler treatments have failed. Your symptoms should improve.
Abdominal Surgery for Crohn's disease
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of your bowel. Surgery is usually recommended if medication fails to improve your symptoms.