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10 Possible Causes Of Abdominal Pain
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If you are experiencing abdominal pain GI North can help you find the cause.

Any type of pain that occurs between the pelvic regions and chest can be classified as abdominal pain. This pain can be sharp, dull or cramp-like. There are a number of things that can cause abdominal pain. Below are some of the most common causes:

Viral Gastroenteritis

Viral gastroenteritis is a condition that causes inflammation around the intestines and stomach. It is also known as the stomach flu. This condition is highly contagious and spreads through close contact with a person who has been affected by the virus. Nursing homes, childcare facilities and schools are places where viral gastroenteritis can very easily spread.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that affects the colon. It causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as diarrhea, pain, constipation, bloating and gas. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

Types Of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux disease is a condition where the acid produced by the stomach flows into the esophagus. Regurgitation, heartburn, chest pain and nausea are some of the symptoms of this condition. Pregnancy, obesity, smoking and certain foods increase the risk of this condition.


Indigestion is something that most of us experience from time to time. Nausea, heartburn and bloating are some of the signs of indigestion. Frequent indigestion is often a sign of an underlying condition, such as acid reflux disease or ulcers.


Diverticulitis is a condition that causes the diverticula, or sacs found in the large intestines’ lining, becoming inflamed or infected. The exact causes of this condition are not known. However, eating diet low in fiber can increase a person’s chances of developing it.

Stomach Ulcer

A stomach ulcer is a sore found inside of the small intestine or stomach lining. Bacterial infections, long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and family history are some of the things that increase the risk of this condition. It is estimated that 10 percent of America have a stomach ulcer.

Fecal Impaction Of The Colon

When the digestion process is complete, the waste is passed from the colon to the rectum. However, something can go wrong and cause the waste to become impacted inside of the colon. This is known as fecal impaction.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes the digestive tract to become inflamed. This condition makes it harder for the body to absorb food.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation around the rectum and colon. It also causes ulcers and tiny sores to develop in the colon’s lining. Abdominal pain, malnutrition and weight loss are some of the signs of ulcerative colitis.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a form of cancer that affects the colon and/or rectum. It is estimated that five percent of people will develop colon cancer in their lifetime. Changes in bowel movements, unexplained weight loss and weakness are some of the signs of colon cancer.

If you have been suffering from frequent abdominal pain or have a digestive disorder, then you should contact GI North. You will be diagnosed and treated properly at GI North.

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