Abdominal Pain: Symptoms & Chiropractic Treatment Options

Have you ever had an uncomfortable or painful stomach ache?

Experiencing stomach pains may set you back on your daily regimes, and even keep you from work or school. Being aware of your symptoms may help determine what type of stomach pain you are having and if may be a more serious condition.

Read to find out more information about different types of stomach problems, and possible causes and treatment.

What generally tends to cause stomach problems?

There are many reasons why someone may be experiencing pain in the abdominal region.

Some of these reasons may be mediocre, while others may be a cause of more serious health condition. Common abdominal pain may include:

  • Food allergies
  • Reaction to new medication
  • Ulcers
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Appendicitis
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Food poisoning
  • Gas

It may be obvious that some of these causes are more serious than others. If you are experiencing excruciating pain that is not allowing you to move or function at level you are used to, it is important to see your doctor immediately.

What are the symptoms associated with stomach pain?

While experiencing symptoms such as cramping, irritability may be normal for you, there are more severe symptoms that may occur and it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are experiencing stomach pain associated with these symptoms (seek medical attention):

  • Fever
  • Pain during urination
  • Abdomen is tender to touch
  • Pain is lasting for longer than a day or two
  • Vomiting
  • Unable to have a bowel movement
  • Blood in vomit
  • Stomach pain during pregnancy

Diagnosis

Your doctor will first ask you evaluation questions that may help them get an idea of what may be causing your abdomen pain. These questions can be geared towards your diet, daily lifestyle and family history. After this initial questioning, your doctor may use a variety of techniques to determine the cause of your pain. This may include: blood or urine tests, x-rays, ultrasounds or CT scan.

Chiropractic Treatment

Using the option of chiropractors for those that suffer abdominal pain may be an option, based on the root cause of your pain. For those that are suffering from abdominal pain that is rooted with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other stomach problems that have not been successful through medication, may see an improvement with chiropractic care manipulations.

It is important for chiropractors to take the necessary precautions of screening their patients to ensure there are not any underlying issues concerning their patient that may need more care, such as appendicitis. Chiropractic care for abdominal pain that is associated with cases such as IBS can help with reducing the stress and helping to balance the nervous system using various manipulation practices. 

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