treating stomach pain

People often think that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) has to involve diarrhea or constipation, but often it does not.

For many people the only obvious symptom is abdominal pain. And the pain can vary from a mild discomfort to incredibly debilitating.

Chronic abdominal pain is one of the top 5 reasons that people to go to the doctor.

Unfortunately, for many it is also very poorly treated. The typical approach is to rule out ulcers, appendicitis, gallstones, uterine problems, or cancers. This may be done with blood work, scopes, scans, ultrasound or other imaging, depending on the problem.

If you have one of the aforementioned problems and it’s found, then your problem should be solved. But many people with abdominal pain do not have an ulceration, appendicitis, gallstones, uterine problems or cancer.

For them, all of the tests come back negative. They are told that nothing is wrong and left with the impression that it’s all in their head.

Of course, something is very wrong. There is always a logical reason for a problem such as abdominal pain, and it’s rarely just a mental or stress issue. But it’s not something that is structural or that you can see with the kinds of tests mentioned above. Unfortunately, those are the only tests most doctors have to offer.

The good news is that there are other tests that can help you to figure out why you have abdominal pain.


A 10 year survey of U.S. hospitals found that millions of people visit the emergency room each year for abdominal pain. (img thanks to

If you have gone to the doctor or the emergency room for severe abdominal pain and have subsequently left the doctors office or ER without any answer for why you are in pain, you will be shocked to learn that you are in very good company.

A very large, 10 year survey of U.S. hospitals found that millions of people visit the emergency room each year for abdominal pain. In fact, abdominal pain is the NUMBER ONE NON-TRAUMA REASON FOR WHICH PEOPLE VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

And, more shocking and troubling than that, of the 12 million people who go to the emergency room every year for abdominal pain, the majority of them (83%) walk away WITHOUT a serious diagnosis. Which means that most of these patients walk away still suffering with the same pain they went in with. And if you have had this experience, you probably think you were the exception – the rare person whose problem couldn’t be identified. But the opposite is true – you are the norm – the 83%!

Emergency medical workers routinely check patients with abdominal pain for such things as appendicitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, internal bleeding, kidney problems and pregnancy. And most are found to have …nothing. Well, nothing that could be identified…except of course the pain. The pain is acutely identified by the patient. But the cause of the pain? That is a complete mystery to the emergency care experts.