Abdominal Pain (Causes, Remedies, Treatment) (cont.)
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- Definition of abdominal pain
- What are the ways to describe abdominal pain?
- What are the causes of abdominal pain?
- What are the less serious causes of abdominal pain?
- What are more serious causes of abdominal pain?
- When should I call my doctor about abdominal pain?
- What are the methods used to diagnose abdominal pain?
- What are the home remedies for certain causes of abdominal pain?
- What medications can be used to treat certain causes of abdominal pain?
- What lifestyle choices can I make to prevent abdominal pain?
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What are the home remedies for certain causes of abdominal pain?
If you are unsure that your abdominal pain requires medical evaluation, contact your doctor before using any home remedies.
- Common home remedies for abdominal pain are:
- eating less food,
- taking small amounts of baking soda,
- using lemon and/or lime juice, and
- starting a BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce and toast) for a day or so.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
Some health care professionals recommend:
- Taking ginger
- Chamomile tea
- Medications such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), loperamide (Imodium), ranitidine (Zantac) and other over-the-counter substances
Some of these listed above may help reduce symptoms, but if symptoms persist, seek medical help. Beware of "cures" advertised for abdominal pains as a single treatment that can cure all types of this problem does not exist.
Taking aspirin or NSAIDs should be avoided until the cause of the pain is diagnosed because the medications could make some causes worse (for example, peptic ulcers, intestinal bleeding).
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