Our Symptom checker provides clinical advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.
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 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
Trusted information on self care for abdominal pain and pain relief medications, tips to manage your pain, and links to further information
Abdominal pain treatments
Trusted information on abdominal pain treatments, types of test to work out the cause of the pain, and links to more information
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease and colitis vary in their severity from person to person. The symptoms tend to come and go over time as the inflammation in the bowel flares up and then dies down again.
Trusted information on diarrhoea (diarrhea in American English) symptoms for babies, children and adults, and links to trusted resources.
Pain is the most common symptom of appendicitis. It often starts near the navel, or belly button. Learn what to look out for and when to see a doctor.
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.
Painful periods is most common in young women, and the pain often tends to ease as you get older. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.