There are two types of abdominal pain. An acute form pain lasts for a short duration (whether hours or days), while chronic pain lasts from days to weeks or more.

Acute abdominal pain may result from ulcers or infection of the appendix, gall bladder, pancreas, stomach, or intestines. It may also be associated with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation or bleeding. This kind of pain needs immediate attention and the treatment may then result in full and complete recovery.

In comparison, the chronic abdominal pain could present the same or a different picture. It can range from slight aching to severe, excruciating pain.

The following information is an overview of the types of abdominal pain. Read on and speak to your doctor to discuss your condition and to get the treatment that you may require.

Expected Abdominal Pain

There are instances where you’ll find that your abdominal pain may be expected and, therefore, may be not need extensive treatment.


Pregnant women often experience slight abdominal pain and discomfort due to the developing baby and its position and movement in the uterus. This is generally normal. If the pain becomes severe, persistent and accompanied by other symptoms, you need to see your doctor.

Menstrual Cycle

Abdominal pain may normally accompanies the menstrual cycle and lasts for a few days. However, if your abdominal pain is unusually painful, or accompanies by other symptoms, you will need to consult your health care provider.

Chronic Abdominal Pain

Chronic conditions are typically ongoing, usually from weeks to months, or more. If you have the following symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor.

Relentless Pain

Relentless pain is constant and consistent, even with the aid of over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Severe Pain

Severe pain may signify a severe condition and may radiate to other areas of the body.

Other accompanying symptoms

Pain accompanied with symptoms like diarrhea, fever, vomiting, constipation or bleeding may mean a potentially serious condition and should be addressed by a doctor immediately.

Final Thoughts

Chronic abdominal pain can be caused by a number of illnesses and conditions. These include, but are not limited to, infections, Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, injury, intestinal obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome, sickle cell anemia, or cancer. It is very important to consult your healthcare provider early to avoid serious risks and complications.