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How do doctors look for what's causing recurrent abdominal pain?

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When you or your child sees the doctor about RAP, she’ll ask about symptoms and family history. She’ll want to know when the pain starts and what seems to make it feel worse or better. Then, she’ll do a thorough physical exam.

She’ll probably take samples of blood and urine to do some tests. She also can order a scan to look inside your body for a problem, such as a CT scan, MRI, or an ultrasound. If you’re over age 50, you may get a colonoscopy, which is when a doctor uses a thin, flexible tool with a camera to look for problems inside your colon and rectum.

SOURCES:

University of Michigan: “Abdominal Pain and Recurrent or Functional Abdominal Pain (RAP or FAP.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Abdominal Pain,” “Colonoscopy.”

Merck Manual: “Chronic and Recurring Abdominal Pain.”

Current Psychiatry: “8 steps to manage recurrent abdominal pain.”

NHS: “Stomach ache and abdominal pain.”

About Kids Health/The Hospital for Sick Children: “Recurrent Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Michigan: “Abdominal Pain and Recurrent or Functional Abdominal Pain (RAP or FAP.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Abdominal Pain,” “Colonoscopy.”

Merck Manual: “Chronic and Recurring Abdominal Pain.”

Current Psychiatry: “8 steps to manage recurrent abdominal pain.”

NHS: “Stomach ache and abdominal pain.”

About Kids Health/The Hospital for Sick Children: “Recurrent Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

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