The Doctors: Pain in Stomach Could Be Another Organ
According to The Doctors TV show, countless Americans have learned to live with constant stomach cramps and nausea. Dr. Travis Stork asked the audience if anyone had ever had abdominal pain. Obviously, everyone raised their hands. He said that most people call it stomach pain, but the stomach is only one organ in your abdomen.
Audience member Carol came up to talk to Dr. Stork about tummy troubles. She said she’s lactose intolerant and can sometimes have abdominal pains for an hour. He said at least she knows what’s causing it, because so many people have no idea.
According to Dr. Stork, your gallbladder, kidneys, appendix, colon or pancreas could be the problem when you’re having a “stomach ache."
The Doctors: Appendicitis Symptoms
He said that your appendix is an appendage off of your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. When it becomes infected, it needs to come out. I’ve had appendicitis…it’s not fun. If you ignore it, after 24 to 48 hours it could rupture. Dr. Stork said that if you have a unique pain in that area, it could be appendicitis. Find out more about the causes and symptoms of appendicitis.
The Doctors: Gastritis Symptoms
Often times when we’re having pain in our abdomen, it could be coming from our stomachs. Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach, and when the lining breaks down you can develop ulcers. These can be very painful. Dr. Stork showed Carol a human stomach, and she said it felt rubbery.
The Doctors: Gall Stones and Colicystitis Infection Symptoms
Your gallbladder lives in your right upper quadrant. Dr. Stork said that it’s very common for women who get to a childbearing age to develop gallstones. If you get gallstones and one of them gets caught in the duct, it can cause a great deal of pain that can even radiate up to your shoulder.
Colicystitis is an infection in the gallbladder and it can cause a lot of problems. Do you know anyone who has had their gallbladder removed? My cousin just had hers out a few weeks ago because she had too many gallstones to count!
The Doctors: Pancreatitis Symptoms
The pancreas lives right behind the stomach. If you develop pancreatitis, which is a very serious illness that could be caused by alcohol or gall stones, the pain will often radiate to your back and be associated with nausea and vomiting.
Kidney Stones Symptoms: Blood in Urine
Your kidneys are found in your lower back, almost opposite of where your belly button is. If your doctor taps on your kidneys and it hurts, you could have a kidney infection. Kidney stones are a flank-like pain that can radiate down into your groin, and can give your blood in your urine.
Dr. Stork showed Carol a human kidney. Kidneys filter all of your blood – the blood goes in and your kidneys get out all the things your body needs to get rid of, and those things go down your ureter.
Typical kidney stones are less than five millimeters and will pass on their own. A kidney stone bigger than five millimeters can get caught in your ureter and lead to a lot of kidney problems. Learn more about how kidney stones work in the video below.
The Doctors: Chronic Abdominal Pain Isn’t Normal
Dr. Stork said that the “Big Kahunas” in your abdomen are your intestines. When you’re filled with gas, it will cause a lot of abdominal pain and bloating. He said when a patient has abdominal pain, he feels all around to figure out which organ it could actually be.
Dr. Stork said that if you have chronic or acute abdominal pain, it’s usually not normal and you should see a doctor.