Lower Abdominal pain is often a frequent complaint among both men and women of varying ages. And although the feeling may be the same, the reasons for the pain may be very different among men and women. Read on to find out more.
Abdominal Pain in Men
Appendicitis pain begins around the belly button and then migrates towards the lower right. The pain from appendicitis does not go away and gets worse with movement, coughing, or even walking.
Sometimes, kidney stones don’t show any symptoms at all. So when they do show symptoms, they are often accompanied by intense pain in the back, side, or lower abdomen. Other symptoms include cramps, nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine.
Ulcerative colitis is accompanied by bloody diarrhea, joint pain, rashes on the skin, mouth sores, weight loss, and pains in the lower abdomen. Ulcerative Colitis requires medical treatment so contact your doctor immediately if you observe these symptoms.
The inflammation of the bladder caused by a urinary tract infection is called cystitis. Lower abdominal pain and painful urination are the most common symptoms of cystitis.
The inflammation of the seminal vesicles is called seminal vesiculitis. It is often caused by an inflamed prostrate and causes abdominal pain in men.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome causes lower abdominal pain in both men as well as women, and it is oftern accompanied with gas and constipation with severe diarrhea.
Abdominal Pain in Women
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a common condition in which leads to abdominal pain in women. The pain often gets worse when the woman bends over or lies down. It may also get worse at night. Without treatment, GERD can get more intense and damage the esophagus.
Ectopic pregnancies are another cause of abdominal pain in women. The pain may seem normal like regular menstrual abdominal cramping, or it may be much worse. It shouldn’t be taken lightly and a doctor should be contacted immediately.
Gallstones are the most common cause of abdominal pain in women who are in their forties. Abdominal pain due to gallstones is generally felt on the right side and the pain is often felt right after eating. The pain may gradually spread out to the back of the woman.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection observed in females. It is related to the female reproductive system. PID is a sexually transmitted disease, but the pathogens which carry the disease may enter from other activities as well. Unusual vaginal discharge, fatigue, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and intense abdominal pain are the symptoms of PID.
Abdominal pain due to pancreatitis is felt in the upper abdominal area. It is of two types: chronic pancreatitis and acute pancreatitis. The pain often spreads to the back and is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, oily stools, extra smelly stool, indigestion, and tenderness in the abdomen. The pain often gets worse after eating.
Don’t panic right away if you feel abdominal pain. It may be nothing serious. But don’t take it lightly either. Don’t jump to any conclusions and find out from your doctor what is the reason behind your pain.