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Pain in any part of the body can cause discomfort. However, if the pain is in the abdominal part of your body, it may make matters even worse because it may bring along many other problems. If you have experienced three or more episodes of abdominal pain in three months, then it is called recurrent abdominal pain or RAP.

Causes of Recurrent Abdominal Pain

There can be several causes of RAP for children as well as adults. In children, the following can be the cause:

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Abdominal migraine

In adults, it may be caused due to the following:

  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Periods
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • and disease related to bowel


Every person has a different experience with RAP. For some people, pain may start suddenly and will stop as suddenly as it started. For others, the pain can be ongoing. Some may call it a dull pain while others may have a sharp pain which they are unable to bear. When pain increases, a person may also have diarrhea or even throw up.

How to diagnose it

Diagnosis of RAP is a detailed procedure as the doctor would take all the necessary details from the patient like family history, time and duration of pain, when did the pain start for the first time, what makes the pain worse, etc. After taking the details, the doctor will do a physical exam.

The doctor also collects samples of blood and urine and tests them to identify the cause. At times a doctor may also recommend a CT scan, MRI, or an ultrasound. With the help of the tests, the doctor decides the treatment suitable for the person.

Even a slight pain can become troublesome for people if left untreated. Therefore, when you feel severe pain, blood in the stool, trouble swallowing, nausea, swelling in the stomach, weight loss, or fever, you should immediately contact a doctor for getting treatment. Gastroenterology Diagnostic Centre offers a valid solution for your recurrent abdominal pain. Our experts make sure your problems are diagnosed properly, and you are provided a treatment that will help you lead your life without any pain. Call us on 281-357-1977 to book an appointment today.

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