Visceral pain is a generic term for pain emanating from organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and uterus. Gastrointestinal symptoms can have various causes, but often they are caused by the quality of the food. So, hurts the intestines in the lower abdomen - what to do?
What you need to know about intestinal pain?
The gut and its functionalities have a very strong impact on health and well-being. It is not for nothing that in Chinese medicine special attention is paid to the intestines: it is considered to be the center of human health. This is not surprising, because the pains that accompany intestinal disturbances have a significant effect on the general condition. Therefore, to leave intestinal pain in the background should not be, and it will not work. These symptoms should be urgently investigated from a medical point of view.
Causes and symptoms
In most cases, if the intestines hurt, other symptoms appear, such as bloating, diarrhea or nausea. One of the common symptoms of pain in the colon is flatulence. As a result of the processing of food components by bacteria, intestinal gases are formed in the colon. Gas formation depends on the intestinal bacterial flora and diet.
Abdominal distention and severe pain in the intestines occur with a disease such as irritable bowel syndrome. It is often caused by infectious or parasitic colitis, but there may also be psychosomatic or allergic causes.
Diarrhea or diarrhea often occurs as a result of infections caused by inflammation of the intestines, food poisoning and intolerance to certain foods, or as a result of psychological triggers, such as anxiety. Similar symptoms and pains in the small intestine may indicate a disease such as Crohn's disease. This causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which affects the small intestine.
Nausea and vomiting with pain in the lower abdomen indicates gastrointestinal disorders caused by bacteria or viruses of the intestinal infection. Discomfort and abdominal pain, loss of appetite and vomiting suggest stomach or duodenal ulcers. If blood is seen in vomit or is colored black, this is a presumption of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract due to an open ulcer.
Often, food intolerance, such as lactose, or gluten sensitivity leads to intestinal cramps. Certain foods or food components that are not digested properly as a result of general intolerance can lead to digestive disorders associated with pain in the stomach and intestines, as well as bloating, nausea, or a feeling of pressure.
Still sharp and recurring pains in the intestines can be caused by a tumor. Colorectal cancer is usually found in the rectum or colon and is the most common of all known types of cancer.
Abdominal wall tension in the lower abdomen may indicate urinary retention. If the intestines are sore in women, these symptoms may be evidence of an infectious disease of the uterus or an ectopic pregnancy.
Types and nature of pain
Experienced doctors begin to work with a targeted survey about the type of pain, its location and the sensations of the patient. Knowledge of this information gives the doctor an initial understanding of the human condition and presumptive diagnosis.
Pain in the intestine may have different localization in the abdominal cavity, differ in character and sensations. So, there are the following types of pain:
- nagging pains;
- pressure and bloating;
- intense acute or dull persistent pain with different localization.
In other words, intestinal pain in the lower abdomen can vary from acute paroxysmal or paroxysmal to permanent.
The location and type of pain also matters. Acute pains that arise suddenly and develop progressively, becoming stronger, as a rule, are an expression of a life-threatening situation. Often, with such pain, the general condition of the person deteriorates within a few hours.
Young women with abdominal pain are usually referred to a gynecologist for advice. Sudden pain in the lower abdomen of the fair sex can be caused by many reasons, for example, turning the ovarian cyst. One of the first studies in women of childbearing age with abdominal pain is usually a pregnancy test. If it is positive, and the pain symptoms do not go away or worsen, then an ectopic pregnancy is possible. With a negative test and the presence of pain, especially on the one hand, we can talk about pelvic inflammatory diseases.
An acute pain in the left lower abdomen is accompanied by an inflammation of the appendix. Moreover, with increasing pain, which does not allow a person to unbend, there is a probability of life-threatening peritonitis. Acute lower abdominal pains to the left and to the right may also be accompanied by diverticulitis or strangulated intestinal hernia.
The cause of colic throughout the abdomen may be intestinal obstruction. In this case, its contents are not transported to the exit, for example, because the tumor from the outside has squeezed the intestinal walls. Or because of the adhesions of the walls, the intestine tries to overcome the obstacle, which causes painful colic.
Herbal drops with bitter substances are very effective for various types of abdominal pain. They are taken before meals because they improve the appetite, stimulating the saliva and secretion of gastric juice. After eating, they have a supportive effect on digestion. Symptoms such as flatulence can be controlled with herbal drops in an effective and gentle way. If the symptoms persist, it is best to use a drug containing lactobacilli to maintain intestinal flora.
No need to wait until the pain becomes unbearable, as well as to stop it with painkillers. If primary symptoms appear, consult a doctor. Be healthy!