What is lower right abdominal pain? Why do some of us are experiencing it? What are the symptoms and causes? How can it be treated?
Let’s take this scenario:
You are in your office in the middle of discussion with your boss on some important project needed to be done when it suddenly hits you. You tried to ignore the pain at first until it becomes unbearable that you have to stop what you are doing.
It happens anywhere, to anyone of us, in any age group. The pain we experience could be from mild to severe, but no matter how painful it could be, it only implies that something is wrong. It could be just a common stomachache, cramps, or it could be a lower right abdominal pain.
Pain in the lower right side of the abdomen is something that should not be ignored. We have to take note that in this section of the abdomen lies some of the important organs which are the right urethra, the ascending colon, part of the urinary bladder, loop of small intestines, right ovary, right fallopian tube, upper part of the vagina, upper cervix to mid line, and muscles, ligaments, bones, connective tissues and skin over this section. Since this area comprises a lot of important organs, it is quite hard to determine the cause of the pain or what’s wrong on you.
We can experience the pain in various ways; either we feel a burning sensation or pressure in the lower right of the abdomen. It may occur in a small, specific area or it may diffuse and spread in the other parts of the abdomen.
There could be a lot of causes, especially in minor pains, like:
• mild food poisoning
• inflammation of your stomach lining
• menstrual cramps
• changing of hormonal levels during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
But there could be a lot more severe pain, which could be the cause of:
• disease in your liver, gallbladder, pancreas or spleen, heart or lungs
• urinary tract infection (UTI)
• ectopic pregnancy
• ovarian cyst
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• bowel cancer
Some of these mild pains don’t need a visit to the doctor and can be treated (and prevented) at home:
• rest until you feel better
• drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration
• eat several small meals. Try eating mild and light foods; avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine
• refrain eating fatty foods
• Do not use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (e.g. ibuprofen)
But if the pain becomes severe and unbearable, it’s time to seek the help of a professional doctor.
• pain does not lessen nor improve
• pain increases especially in a particular area
• pain become more frequent
• other symptoms develop like vomiting, fever or nausea, difficulty in breathing, painful urination, blood in stool and/or urine
Over the years, abdominal pain related concerns have the largest rate of visits in noninjury emergency department area. This means almost all of us are experiencing this kind of pain.
There are a lot of other causes of abdominal pains, mostly in technical terms. Above presented are more common ones. There are a lot of other treatments, too, especially in the severe ones with today’s advancing medical treatments. Still, prevention is the best solution of all pain. Eating healthy foods, most preferably switching unto vegetarian diet, proper exercise and developing healthy habits could help prevent acquiring those pains and any other diseases.