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My husband and I like seafood. We often travel and try the local cuisine. At home in the Philippines, we tried the sea ducks. Everything was fine until her husband felt uncomfortable in the stomach. The next day we went to the doctor, the doctor diagnosed gastritis. Below I will talk about the types of discomfort in the stomach.

Abdominal pain is pain or discomfort that a person feels anywhere between the lower chest to the distal groin. Some health care professionals include the diaphragm, pelvis (and genitals) and the retroperitoneal space. Chest and abdominal pain are the two top reasons why people go to emergency rooms, according to the CDC.

There are three general categories that are often used to describe abdominal pain:

The location of pain,
The quality or type of pain.
The intensity of the pain.

Other qualifiers and questions are often used to describe these features:

Abdominal pain is common, and a person can help their doctor diagnose the source of abdominal discomfort or pain by simply focusing on the location, type, and intensity of pain. Moreover, there are a variety of the reasons why some causes of abdominal pain are often difficult to diagnose initially.


Location of the Pain

The abdomen can be roughly subdivided several ways:

Upper abdomen (horizontal line about the level of the umbilicus), lower,
Right upper and lower,
Left upper and lower, and
Pelvis (right and left).
Using the illustration, most of the organs in the abdominal area can be seen. Those that are not shown can be localized easily (for example, the kidneys, ureters and bladder located mainly in the lower abdomen, both left and right kidneys in the retroperitoneal space, behind the intestines with the bladder located in the central pelvis area in front of the lower intestines). Using this type of diagram, you and your doctor may more easily localize abdominal pain and its potential source.

Type of Pain

The type of pain may also give some clues as to the cause of abdominal pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain is diffuse; this can complicate the diagnosis. However, there are some types of pain that can help narrow the diagnosis.

There are several types of pain:

pressure, and
Some individuals may describe many other types of pain. The type of pain may be further described as:

variable, and
modified by movement, eating, bowel movements, walking, or
changed by other situations like stress or certain medications.


Author : Kim Lam

Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.