What to consider when your stomach hurts
When did I start feeling this pain? It is very
important to know the onset of the pain. You don’t have to take note of the exact time of when you felt it but
do take note of whatever activity you did before you felt that severe stomach pain.
What’s the duration and how often do I feel
it? For the duration, again it doesn’t need to be an exact count but do not exaggerate as
well; a rough estimate would do. The frequency of when you feel it is also needed because this would narrow down
the possible health condition that you have.
What are the aggravating and relieving factors? You
have answered the “when” now it’s time to answer the “what”. Take note of certain activities that gives you
severe stomach pains and what kind of activity makes it worse. The action that you take that makes the pain go
away is necessary as well because not everything that gives you relief is actually a cure.
What is my pain like? This time you have to describe
your pain qualitatively. Assess if it’s a stabbing pain, burning sensation, squeezing, throbbing, etc. Did it go
from being mild to severe or was it an abrupt severe pain right away?
Where do I feel the pain? We’re talking about severe
stomach pains here so it should be on the stomach region but you still have to take note of specifically where
the pain is. For this one you have to be specific. Since your abdomen have different regions and contains
various organs inside it, it would be easier to figure out the probable health condition that you have if you
specifically point out where the pain is coming from. Also, did the pain go from one point to another or was it
localized to one area only?
How bad is my pain? You would have to rate your pain
based on a pain scale. From 0 – 10, 0 being “no pain” and 10 being “severe pain”. The use of this scale is very
subjective because every individual has different pain threshold but it doesn’t mean that this information is
Did I take any medications? Since this is severe
stomach pains we’re talking about, it’s very important for you
to recall each and every medication that you took before you felt the pain because sometimes, it’s the
medication itself that would cause you severe stomach pains.
What could be causing this pain? You’re the one
experiencing the pain. Hence, what you think it is also matters but it shouldn’t be the basis of concluding that
what you’re thinking is right.
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