Abdominal pain: Symptom guide

Abdominal pain can be an indication of a number of possible conditions. The following list of symptoms will help to narrow down the cause.

Symptoms   
  • Infrequent bowel movements or lack of bowel movement for two or three days
  • Pain during bowel movement
  • Hard, dry stool that is difficult to pass
  • Pain on the left side of the abdomen
Likely Cause:        Constipation
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Abdominal discomfort that appears after eating and does not include other symptoms
Likely Cause:        Indigestion
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
Likely Cause:        Food Poisoning or an Intestinal Virus
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhoea
Likely Cause:        Infection from a parasite
 

Symptoms   
  • Nausea or queasiness and possible vomiting after or during movement (usually in a car, boat, plane, or amusement ride)
Likely Cause:        Motion Sickness
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Typical cold symptoms (cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, body aches,    
Likely Cause:        Common cold
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Fever higher than 37.8 degrees Celsius
  • Ear ache
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fluid in the ear
Likely Cause:        Ear Infection
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic area tenderness
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Possible vomiting
Likely Cause:        Urinary Tract Infection
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Abdominal pain after eating (gas, bloating, diarrhoea)
  • Symptoms worsen after eating dairy products
  • Toddler drops a place or more on the growth chart
Likely Cause:        Lactose Intolerance
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Rash that is dry and itchy on the face, elbows, or knees
  • Allergic symptoms regularly appear after eating certain foods (itching, hives, rash swelling, watery eyes, and runny nose)
  • Possible vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Difficulty breathing   (Seek medical attention immediately.)
Likely Cause:        Food allergy
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Sudden abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Passing blood or mucus
  • Severely lethargic
Likely Cause:    Intussusception, Most common between age 6 months and 3 years  (Seek medical attention immediately.)
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Possible vomiting
  • Lower right abdominal pain that worsens over a few hours
Likely Cause:        Appendicitis  (seek medical attention immediately)
 
 
Symptoms    
  • Lump or bulge in the genital area or near the navel that suddenly becomes hard and dark.
  • Possible vomiting
  • Increasing pain
Likely Cause:        Incarcerated hernia  (seek medical attention immediately)
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellow skin)
Likely Cause:        Hepatitis
 
 
Symptoms   
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
Likely Cause:        Lead Poisoning

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