How to deal with abdominal pain?
It can happen to any one of us. Sudden abdominal cramp, persistent flatulence, colic and even abdominal pain - at some point in her life each woman experienced it. There can be many causes - from obvious and mundane ones, such as simple overeating or indigestion, through menstrual pains, to those slightly more serious and life-threatening, i.e. requiring immediate intervention of a doctor.
Depending on the cause, the way we react to pain will also differ. Therefore, it is worth knowing how to recognize a common, temporary abdominal pain from a situation requiring a visit to a doctor.
Seemingly trivial reasons
Abdominal pain is a very deceptive symptom. Usually we associate it with eating mistakes, overeating or gastrointestinal problems. In fact, the digestive system is only responsible for some of our abdominal ailments. In women, more often than not, the cause may lie elsewhere. Abdominal pain, which affects us in a large number of cases, is an unpleasant symptom accompanying the monthly hormonal cycle of women. This is because painful abdominal cramps may accompany women not only during menstruation, but also during ovulation.
Bladder inflammation can also be a source of painful ailments. Then the abdominal pain will be prickly and will be located primarily in the lower abdomen and the lumbar region, around the kidneys. But this is not the end of the possible culprits - sometimes abdominal pains and cramps bother us for quite unexpected reasons. Our digestive system is a kind of barometer of feelings and emotions - frequent nervous situations, stress at work and in life - all this affects his work and often causes bloating, colic and a feeling of "wrinkling".
The good news is that you can win with temporary abdominal pain. In pharmacies we can find helpful relaxants based on hyacine-bromide butylobromide, which should help in most situations. Hioscin butyl bromide has a well targeted effect and its undoubted advantage is that it does not suppress pain but acts directly on its cause (abdominal muscle spasms responsible for the majority of abdominal pain). Very rarely, adverse effects in the form of increased drowsiness are also observed (such effects are observed in a large number of diastolic drugs based on other substances). Of course, before any purchase it is worth to consult a pharmacist - he will skillfully advise the right medicine.
Tea made from chamomile, mint or fennel will help you with your home medicine cabinet. Warm compresses will not harm you either (beware of temperature - in case of menstrual pains, compresses should not be too warm).
If a doctor's appointment is necessary
But we can't always manage on our own. Although most often abdominal pain is caused by quite innocent causes, it happens that behind the colic and cramps are quite serious diseases, often requiring consultation with a doctor and even surgery.
We should be concerned about acute (especially radiating to the back and chest), long-lasting pains and those that last longer than a few days. Symptoms that should attract our attention if they accompany our ailments also include chronic diarrhoea, vomiting (especially bloody or fuscious), persistent flatulence, pus and blood in the stool, as well as tiredness, weight loss and lack of appetite.
These symptoms should absolutely not be underestimated. This is because serious diseases such as chronic or acute pancreatitis, gastrointestinal tumors, dilated abdominal aortic aneurysm, appendicitis or intestinal obstruction can hide behind them. In all these cases it is necessary to deepen medical diagnostics and implement appropriate treatment.