What are the ways to describe abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain is pain or discomfort that a person feels anywhere between the lower chest to the distal groin.
There are three general categories that are often used to describe abdominal pain:
1- The location of pain
2- The quality or type of pain and the intensity of the pain.
The abdomen can be roughly subdivided several ways; all of these ways (terms) have appeared in the medical literature:
1- Upper abdomen (horizontal line about the level of the umbilicus), lower
2- Right upper and lower
3- Left upper and lower
4- Pelvis (right and left).
The type of pain may also give some clues as to the cause of abdominal pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain is diffuse; this can complicate the diagnosis. However, there are some types of pain that can help narrow the diagnosis. There are several types of pain: sharp, dull, stabbing, tearing, cramps, twisting, pressure, and bloating but patients may describe many others. The type of pain may be further described as constant, intermittent, variable, and modified by movement, eating, bowel movements, walking, or changed by other situations like stress or certain medications.