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Causes for right side abdominal pain

Updated February 21, 2019

Abdominal pain is generally classified as a dull, constant ache, the sensation of burning or tingling, or sharp stabbing pains in the stomach area. Although the pain feels like it is coming from the stomach, the stomach is only one organ that could be affected when abdominal pain is present. Other organs that may be affected include the appendix, pancreas, kidneys, intestines and gallbladder. In order to determine whether or not your pain is serious, it is wise to get the advice of a medical professional. If your abdominal pain lasts longer than a few days, go to the emergency room.

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Possible Causes

Abdominal pain on the right side may be attributed to several maladies, some serious and some not. Abdominal pain on the right side, for example, may be indigestion, gas pain or constipation. However, abdominal pain, especially on the right side, may be the sign of a more serious illness like appendicitis, pancreatitis, food poisoning, gallstones, ectopic pregnancy, diverticulitis, viral hepatitis, kidney stones, gallstones, gastritis, stomach ulcers, pelvic inflammatory disease, gastro-oseophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Chron's disease, lactose intolerance, urinary tract infection or hiatus hernia.

Additional Symptoms

It is important to identify any additional symptoms in order to determine whether your abdominal pain is serious. If you are experiencing bloody stools, bloody vomit or a high fever, you could have a potentially serious illness. See a doctor immediately. If your abdominal pain comes with other less serious flu-like symptoms or no symptoms at all, wait a few days. If your abdominal pain continues, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you are unable to sit still because of the pain, or are uncomfortable with the level of pain you are experiencing, see your health care provider.

Avoid Trigger Foods

If you are experiencing abdominal pain immediately after you eat, the pain can probably be narrowed down to a digestion issue. Try to cut down on foods that are causing you abdominal pain, which may be dairy, spicy foods or high-fat foods. If your abdominal pain disappears after cutting these foods from your diet, you may be suffering from acid reflux or lactose intolerance. See your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and discuss changes in your diet with a doctor or nutritionist.

Time Frame

Some potentially serious illnesses manifest quickly, such as kidney infections, urinary tract infections and appendicitis. It is important, especially in the early observation of your symptoms, to take your temperature regularly and to drink plenty of water. If you are approaching a serious illness, your body will likely let you know within the first few hours of your symptoms. Keep an eye out for bloody stools and vomit, and see a doctor if you are feeling feverish, faint or dizzy.

Warning: Ride Side Abdominal Pain

It is possible to have a serious abdominal illness while having no symptoms other than abdominal pain. If you have abdominal pain lasting more than three days, see a doctor as soon as possible. It is possible to have a serious illness that does not include bloody stool, vomit, or a fever. The illnesses listed above are many, but not all of the illnesses associated with abdominal pain. Discuss your symptoms with a doctor.

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About the Author

Megan Smith

Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.

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