Abdominal pain is often a challenging problem for health care providers. The list of possible diagnoses is long, and includes acid reflux, food poisoning, a bowel obstruction, appendicitis, diverticulitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, kidney stones, peptic ulcer and irritable bowel syndrome.

That's why it's so important to take note of other symptoms that occur along with the abdominal pain. Your health care provider will ask about the exact location and type of pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, urination, medications, diet and other questions, which help pinpoint the cause of abdominal pain.

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