Problem Causing Pain in GUT


Patient might feel a discomfort in the top of abdomen after eating certain types of food. The foods might be fatty. Patient may feel like burping a lot or have bitter/sour taste coming into your mouth. Most people will find relief from simple antacid.
If you have pain that goes into your jaw or down your left arm, it might be angina, visit your doctor.

Read Indigestion for more details:


Crampy abdomen pain after eating may be wind. Your abdomen may feel swollen or bloated. After passing wind or stool the pain usually goes.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning, typical gastroenteritis – an infection of the gut (intestines) -usually causes diarrhoea with or without vomiting. Crampy pains in your abdomen (tummy) are common. Pains may ease for a while each time you pass some diarrhoea.

Acid Peptic Disease/ Acidity/GERD Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers

Abdomial pain at top more when empty stomach. Usually food relieves pain but better sometimes may make it worse. The pain usually comes at night and may wake patient up.

Read GERD for more details.


Constipation means either going to the toilet less often than usual to empty the bowels, or passing hard / painful stools or need to strain to have a bowel movement. Sometimes crampy pains occur in the lower abdomen.

Read Constipation for more details.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Symptoms may include crampy abdominal pain, bloating, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Symptoms tend to come and go. Rectal bleeding is not part of IBS.

Read IBS for more details

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a condition which causes inflammation in the gut. Symptoms vary, depending on the part of the gut affected and the severity of the condition. Common symptoms include bloody diarrhoea, cramping abdominal pain, and feeling unwell.

Read Crohns for more details.

Stomach Cancer

Pain usually of shorter duration and associated with loss of appetite and weight.

Causes of Acute Abdomen

Kidney Stones
Appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix. Typical symptoms include abdominal pain and vomiting that gradually get worse over 6-24 hours. Appendicits
pain is initially felt in the centre of the abdomen, and later moves to become a sharper pain in the right lower abdomen. Some people may have less typical symptoms. Read Appendicitis for more details
Many people with gallstones have no symptoms and these stones are called “silent stones.” Symptom may be severe pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, called biliary colic. Usually to the right upper abdomen just below the ribs. Sometimes less severe but niggly pain occur now and then, particularly after a fatty meal when the gallbladder contracts most. Read Gall Stone for more information.

Acute Pancreatitis typically causes severe, steady pain in the upper abdomen and upper back. Read more about Pancreatitis

Symptom may be pain with swelling or lump in abdomen, shows fluctuation in severity in relation to the size, such as it becomes more while straining, coughing when swelling becomes prominent. If hernia  is complicated by obstruction /strangulation pain may be severe requiring hospitalization and surgery. Read More About Hernia
Pain that start at back (loin) and going around the side of abdomen to groin, may be a kidney stone. The pain is severe and comes and goes. This is called renal colic. There may be blood in. Read Kidney Stone for more information.
Diverticulitis causes pain in the left lower abdomen where most colonic diverticuli are located.

Causes of Pain in Females

Urine Infection
This is a common cause of pain low down in the abdomen, more common in female. There may be a sharp stinging when you pass urine and there may be blood in the urine.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Period Pain

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