There are several non-abdominal causes where the pain messages sometimes can be perceived as coming from the abdomen.
Any abdominal pain that is persistent needs to be evaluated. If you have any other symptoms with abdominal pain such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, persistent constipation, blood in stool, weight loss, jaundice or swelling of the abdomen, then daily to see your physician as soon as possible.
Dr. Kethu will ask you several questions including the nature of the pain, any aggravating or relieving factors, duration of his symptoms, any associated symptoms, etc. and performs a physical examination before determining the best next step. Sometimes medications will be prescribed right away and sometimes further testing including blood work, endoscopy or colonoscopy, CT scan, etc., may be needed.