Abdominal pains

Introduction

A recent global survey shows that almost a quarter of the population is affected by abdominal pain and cramps. The research found out that 22% of men and 31% of women go through abdominal cramps, pain or discomfort.

The problems usually surface in the 20s and early 30s. Two thirds of the people who have this common condition say it strikes without warning and a third say they suffer from agonizing pain every week. It may strike at any time and is one of the most common causes of missing work. It might range from mild and uncomfortable to very severe.

This section of the Buscopan® website looks at the different kinds of abdominal pain, cramps and discomfort, their potential causes and possible treatment options.

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Where does it hurt?

The position and nature of the abdominal pain can give important clues about its likely cause. Please, remember: if you experience severe pain accompanied by fever or weight loss; if you notice blood in your stools or if you have a history of digestive system diseases in your family, make sure you visit a qualified health professional.

1Above the abdomen, behind the sternum (breastbone)

Sharp or burning pain in the lower chest (heartburn) may be caused by gastric reflux, also known as indigestion or dyspepsia. It is usually temporary and can be prevented by eating smaller amounts of leaner, blander food. This pain can be relieved by taking an antacid. See your healthcare professional if bouts of heartburn persist or increase.

2Middle abdomen

Cramping pain in the middle abdomen might be the result of stomach or small intestine muscle spasms. It may be a reaction to food, stress or other external influences. Cramps may be accompanied by audible gastric noises, belching or bloating. (Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this kind of pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

3Lower abdomen, left or right sides

Cramping pains in the lower abdomen, left or right sides, may be caused by spasms in the muscles of the colon or large intestine. These pains may be accompanied by bloating, flatulence and / or changes to the normal bowel movements. Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

4Lower abdomen, left or right sides

Cramping pains in the lower abdomen, left or right sides, may be caused by spasms in the muscles of the colon or large intestine. These pains may be accompanied by bloating, flatulence and / or changes in normal bowel movements. Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this kind of pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

5Lower abdomen, around the womb

Women often experience pain before or during their period and/or during ovulation. Buscopan® provides relief of menstrual pain. However, if this pain worsens, please talk to your healthcare professional.

Abdominal pains - Causes

The organs of the abdomen are very sensitive to internal and external influences. Everything we eat goes through our digestive tract, so any food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities we have may quickly lead to abdominal pain. Diseases might also cause cramping in the organs of the digestive tract. It is also important to remember that the abdomen reacts to both physical and psychological states and conditions. Anxiety and tension very often cause spasms in the muscles of the stomach, intestines or colon, resulting in abdominal pain. At stressful times and during of after significant changes, many people suffer from temporary episodes of stomach pain.

However, if you experience abdominal pain and cramps that are ongoing or worsening, or if the pain is accompanied by fever or weight loss, or if you notice blood in your stools, please, talk to your doctor.

Abdominal pains - Treatment
Treating abdominal pains and cramps

There are a number of effective ways to reduce or even eliminate the pain of abdominal cramps. Of course, prevention is the best remedy: if possible, avoid foods and beverages you know trigger onsets and try to relax, thus reducing the effects of stress on your digestion. However, when pain strikes, rest assured: there are proven and safe treatments for it.

If no effects are seen with Buscopan® within several days, it is important that you see your doctor or other health professional. He or she may prescribe medication to treat your condition, or recommend a suitable diet.

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