Abdominal pain can occur at any time of the day or night, and there is never a good time to feel sick. If your child suddenly complains of abdominal pain on the weekend and your regular doctor is now closed what should you do? QuestCare Urgent Care, conveniently located nearby, can quickly identify the cause of you or your child’s abdominal pain.
There are many causes of abdominal pain, and most are not serious. For example, a case of food poisoning can cause a troublesome stomach ache along with vomiting and diarrhea. In this case, the abdominal pain should resolve in 24 hours with no medical treatment needed, unless you become dehydrated, or your symptoms worsen. Other symptoms that occur like gas, bloating, or strained muscles usually resolve within a few days. Upper abdominal pain may be caused by a virus, gallstones, or injury.
Severe Abdominal Pain
Other cases of abdominal pain are more serious and need to be evaluated by a doctor right away. If you experience bloating or severe abdominal pain in the lower-right area of your abdomen that includes a fever seek immediate medical treatment as you could have appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, a small organ in your lower abdomen becomes swollen and infected. Sudden onset of pain that is dull, achy and then becomes a sharp pain is an indicator of appendicitis. Without treatment, the appendix can rupture causing a life-threatening emergency. Appendicitis can affect people of all ages. If you are uncertain about the cause of your abdominal pain, stop by QuestCare Urgent Care and see a doctor quickly to receive the right diagnosis for your pain.
Chronic gastrointestinal illnesses like Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diverticulitis may also cause abdominal pain. To diagnose the cause of your abdominal pain, our doctors may conduct blood tests, ultrasounds, and x-rays and discuss your symptoms in detail to make the correct diagnosis. If you experience pain in your abdomen often, and basic causes like gas, stomach virus, and food poisoning have been ruled out, you should see a doctor for further evaluation.