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Many times the exact cause of abdominal pain can be hard to pinpoint. The severity of your pain, its location, and other symptoms you have may help determine what is causing the pain.
Mild pain or cramps that become more severe over several hours may be a symptom of a bowel obstruction.
Cramping is a type of pain that comes and goes or changes in position or severity. Cramping is rarely serious if it is relieved by passing gas or a stool. Many women have cramping pain with their menstrual periods. Generalized cramping pain is usually not a cause for concern unless it gets worse, lasts for longer than 24 hours, or localizes. Cramping that starts suddenly with diarrhea or other minor health problems can be quite painful but is usually not serious.
Many medicines can cause abdominal pain. Some medicines also cause side effects, such as constipation, that can make abdominal pain worse.
Occasionally, severe pain that comes on suddenly may be a symptom of an injury or a symptom of a serious condition. Schedule an appointment if severe abdominal pain is new or a different mild pain slowly becomes more severe over several hours or days.