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What Causes Chronic Abdominal Pain in Adults?

Chronic abdominal pain is a pain in the lower tummy area that lasts for three months or more.

The pain is recurring, which means that it comes and goes with time. The pain can be mild at times and very intense at others, or the pain may always be at the same level of intensity.

Here are five common causes of chronic abdominal pain in adults:

Endometriosis

Individuals who have endometriosis might experience severe and chronic abdominal pain. Endometriosis is a health condition that occurs due to the lining of the uterus growing in places where it should not, such as the fallopian tubes. This condition can make it difficult for the regular cycle of menstruation to occur, which results in the development of cysts, chronic abdominal cramps, infertility, and heavy periods, in some scenarios.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease can also cause chronic abdominal pain, and this is one of the reasons why one should not take persistent abdominal pain very lightly. PID is a type of infection that takes place within the reproductive organs and is usually contracted from an infected partner during sexual intercourse. The infection can travel from the vagina to the uterus, which can have a negative impact on fertility.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Chronic inflammation in the digestive system is referred to as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. People diagnosed with IBD can have ulcers within their large and small intestines that are very painful and can cause chronic stomach cramping among other symptoms such as unplanned weight loss and bloody stool. Common IBD conditions are Crohn’s disease and colitis.

Diverticular Disease

Another disease that can lead to chronic abdominal pain in adults is known as diverticular disease. Diverticular disease is the one in which sacs develop within the large intestine. In certain conditions, diverticular disease can lead to the development of a serious infection.

(I have diverticular disease myself, and it was diagnosed by a colonoscopy last year. Not a pleasant experience, but a necessary one as I now (finally) have the condition under control.)

Food Allergies

People are allergic to different food products that can lead to chronic abdominal pain if they are consumed even in a very small amount.

For instance, people who are lactose intolerant are not allowed to consume dairy products as doing so can lead to severe and chronic abdominal pain that often gets unbearable and might lead to a medical emergency.

Gluten intolerance is similar in that respect. Also, even if you’ve been tested for celiac disease in the past, and the test came up negative, you could have a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which can lead to chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, unplanned weight loss or gain, nausea, rash, and even unusual emotional symptoms.

There are various causes behind abdominal pain that can get serious if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to seek the advice of a trusted medical professional if your chronic abdominal pain persists.

Don’t let any doctor or other medical professional tell you it’s “all in your head”. The pain is there for a reason, and you should continue to fight for your diagnosis and a treatment plan that will be beneficial to you.

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