Pain In Tummy /Belly : 50 POSSIBLE Causes
Pain in your tummy /belly can because by a thousand and one things. In this article, I will be elucidating some of the causes of tummy pain.
- ACUTE APPENDICITIS
This is the inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is an organ inside your tummy, it is part of your intestine. It has no much work doing in your body. Cause is infection, use of refined sugar etc.
So it is usually removed through surgery.
- ACUTE CHOLECYSTITIS
This is the inflammation of the gallbladder. Another organ that it’s function is not a major one. The gallbladder is located underneath the liver.
The function of the gall bladder is to store bile. Bile helps to digest fat.
Treatment involves use of antibiotics and surgery.
- ACUTE SALPINGITIS / CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE
This occurs only in women. Salpingitis is the inflammation of the fallopian tube. The causing organism being usually chlamydia, gonorrhea.
It is treated with antibiotics after your doctor has ruled out other possible causes.
- ACUTE DIVERTICULITIS
This is when a diverticulum (a bulge in the intestine) becomes infected.
This is very common in the left part of your tummy.
- TYPHOID PERFORATION
Typhoid perforation is usually a complication of typhoid. It causes a point in your intestine to open/perforate and can bleed. Treatment is through surgery.
- PERFORATION OF PEPTIC ULCER
This could be duodenal or gastric ulcer. They can cause the stomach or duodenum to perforate.
- PERFORATION OF GASTROINTESTINAL CARCINOMA
- TRAUMATIC PERFORATION
Like the road traffic accidents. Fight, gunshot etc.
- PERFORATION OF AMOEBIC COLITIS
When the colon (large intestine) gets inflammed due to infection. They can cause rupture.
- PERFORATED DIVERTICULAR DISEASE
A diverticulum in the colon stands a chance of perforation. The can cause pain.
Here the intestine twists upon the other. And cause obstruction of the intestines
12. Bands and adhesions
This happens following surgery. Tissues heal and adhere to one another. Causing intestinal obstruction. Treatment is another surgery. To loosen those bands.
13. Strangulated Hernia – Strangulated here means that the hernia is being held tight in a narrow space, and that can cut off the blood supply to the hernia
14. Intussusception – This is the telescoping of an intestine into another intestine.
15. Mesenteric Ischaemia/ Infarction – Mesentery is the sheet of flesh surrounding your intestines. The mesentery is supplied by several blood vessels, when the blood supply to the mesentery is cut off by whatever cause, ischemia or infarction is said to have occurred
16. Tumours – Tumours are abnormal growths in the body. they can cause pain. examples, colon cancer.
17. Foreign body – swallwing objects or forgetting objects inside the abdomen can cause pain in the tummy
18. Ruptured Ectopic pregnancy – Ectopic pregnancy is pregnancy that occurs outside the womb. It is a top cause of pain in the belly.
19. Rupture of internal organ, typically spleen – The spleen is located in the left upper part of your tummy. It stores a lot of blood. When it rupturs due to injury, it causes pain in the belly.
20. Ruptured Aortic aneurysm – Aorta is the blood vessel that brings out blood from the heart before supplying to the rest of the body. Aneurysm is the ballooning of the blood vessel. When this happens it causes a lot of pain.
21. Ruptured Liver cell carcinoma – Cancer of the liver when ruptured can cause pain especially in the right upper part of the tummy.
22. Acute Pancreatitis – Pancreas is the organ that produces insulin that helps you control the level of sugar in your blood.
23. Stone in Ureter – Stone in the ureter causes pain the sides of the abdomen. It is usually painful.
24. Gallstones – Gallstones means stones in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is the organ under the liver that helps you to store bile. Bile is a substance that is produced by the liver to help you digest fats.
25. Ruptured Graafian follicle – Graafian follicles is a matured follicle in the ovary containing an egg that is ready to be released during ovulation. When it ruptures it causes mild pain in your belly
26. Twisted Ovarian Cyst – A cyst is a swelling containing fluid inside it. When it occurs in the ovary it is called ovarian cyst. It is very common in women. When ovarian cyst ruptures it causes pain in your tummy, the downside mainly.
27. Degenerating myoma – Myoma is what you called fibroid. Degeneration means it is getting old in your tummy without removal. this is very dangerous. It can turn to cancer. Degenerating fibroid can cause cancer. It comes with a lot of pain on the lower part of the belly.
28. Typhoid Fever – Typhoid is a common cause of pain in your tummy. It is usualluy associated with diarrhea or constipation.
29. Dysentery – Dysentery is like diarrhoea. But the diarrhoea is very bloody. It is commonly caused by Shigella dysenteriae, a bacterium.
30. Gastritis – Inflammation of the stomach can cause pain in the belly. the pain is usually located in the upper part of the tummy. the common causes include, ulcer, alcohol, painkiller drugs
31. Sickle cell – This is usually not hidden. when you see a sickle child you will know. Sickle cell produces pain not only in the belly but also in the joints, chest etc.
32. Urinary Tract Infection – Sometimes people erroneously refer this as toilet disease. It is not toilet disease as it is not the only disease gotten from the toilet.
33. Malaria – Malaria is among the common causes of belly pain.
34. Myocardial infarction – This is the death of the muscles of your heart due to the blood supply to it is no longer there. They are starved to death. The heart is inside the chest region but the pain can manifest in the belly
35. Pneumonia – This is a chest infection. The chest and the tummy are in close relation, separated by the diaphragm. Infection in the lungs can come as pain in the tummy.
36. Hepatitis – This is the inflammation of the liver. Common causes include alcohol, viruses.
37. Herpes Zoster – Herpes zooster is caused by a virus called varicella zooster virus.
38. Diabetic coma – Patients that have diabetes are in increased chances of coma when their blood sugar is poorly controlled or over-controlled resulting in extremely low blood sugar level. It presents with unconsciousness too.
39. Measles – Measles though no longer common due to vaccination is a common cause of pain the belly.
40. Mesenteric Lymphadenitis – this is inflammation of the lymph nodes of the mesentery. Common causes include infections.
When to see a doctor
If you notice any of these 40 items or symptoms , do not hesitate to rush to the hospital. It is very important you do not attempt treating yourself.