Finding Out the True Cause of Upper Abdominal Complaints

Upper abdominal complaints are quite common in the United States. It is advisable not to take upper abdominal pains lightly because there might be an underlying serious cause of these pains like an impending heart attack, an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb), infection of the stomach that may cause further complications, or a bleeding stomach. This region in the abdomen is known as the epigastric region and is located just below the chest. Sometimes the pain can linger on making a person completely bedridden and unable to carry out everyday actitvies.

Here we have listed some common causes of cure upper abdominal pains so that you can adopt a therapy accordingly.

One of the most common causes of upper abdominal complaints is indigestion. Many of us experience this type of disorder after every few months due to improper eating habits. This is common not just in the USA but all over the world. Now people have no time and they tend to finish their meal quickly. However, if this is the cause, the pain must not last for more than a few hours. If it continues to hurt, you should immediately see a doctor or explore other causes that might be involved in causing the pain.

If you suffer from peptic ulcer disease, you may experience upper abdominal pains occasionally. Gallstones that serve to block the gallbladder are sometimes the cause of upper abdominal complaints. Moreover, there are some cardiovascular symptoms like angina and heart attack that might be the underlying causes of a severe and continuous pain in the epigastric region. Immediately take the patient to emergency treatment if you think this is the cause of the pain. The doctor would first treat the pain by giving a strong pain killer and then perform a detailed ultrasound to see if there are gallstones or anything else.

If gallstones are found, first the infection is treated in a period of 4 to 6 weeks and after that surgery is performed to remove the gallbladder. This is the best treatment for such a problem because gallstones do not dissolve on their own and they may become the cause of a very serious complication that can even lead to death. So, this is another area of concern that you must never overlook or ignore.   

Some people consider gastritis or inflammation of the stomach wall to be a cause of upper abdominal pains. However, recent studies have shown contradictory results in this regard. It is important to first identify the true cause of such a pain and then devise a therapy. Taking modern drugs and antibiotics without any reason is not advisable especially if you’re pregnant or lactating.

Upper abdominal pain may also occur if you are pregnant. Schedule an appointment with your doctor right away if the pain is severe and intolerable. Before taking any medication, it is highly recommended that you have an ultrasound performed by a qualified radiologist to pinpoint the exact cause of this pain.