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Stomach Ache

Stomach Ache: Stomach ache (abdominal pain) is a common symptom associated with some disorders such as indigestion or gas or serious diseases. Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain can be difficult because many diseases can cause this symptom. Most frequently the cause is not serious but it is important to see a doctor if the pain does not go away in a day or two as a more serious disease could be the cause.

Severe abdominal pain is a greater cause for concern. If it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, it should be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area. Call your doctor as soon as possible or go to your nearest hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department.

Stomach Cramps are often due to trapped wind and bloating. If your stomach cramps have started recently and you also have diarrhoea, the cause is probably a tummy bug (gastroenteritis). This usually gets better on its own without treatment.
If your stomach cramps and diarrhoea continue for more than a few days, you may have a long-term condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you have sudden, agonising pain in a particular area of your belly, call your doctor immediately or go to your nearest A&E department. It may be a sign of a serious illness that will rapidly get worse without treatment.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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