Having any of the problems listed above will make the chances of pain in your belly higher.
The symptoms you have will depend on the cause. The most common are:
Persistent, severe pain, swelling, or tenderness in the upper, middle, or lower part of the belly
Guarding—involuntary contraction of the muscles in the belly
Rigidity—when muscles in the belly are tense and board-like
You will be asked for details about your pain. You will also be asked about other problems you may be having. A health history will be taken. You will be asked about any medicines you’ve taken. A physical exam will be done. This will involve checking the pelvis and rectum. You may also have:
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Last reviewed May 2018 by
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Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 8/23/2018
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