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What questions might your doctor ask you to figure out the cause of your abdominal pain?

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  • Some questions your doctor may ask you: Does it hurt throughout your abdomen, or is it just in one particular area?
  • When does it hurt? Always? More often in the morning or at night?
  • If the pain comes and goes, about how long does it last each time?
  • Does it hurt after you eat certain foods or drink alcohol?
  • Are you in pain during menstruation?
  • How long have you been hurting?
  • Does the pain sometimes move into your lower back, shoulder, groin, or buttocks?
  • Do you take any medications or herbal supplements?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Does any activity ease the pain, such as eating or lying on one side?
  • Is there activity or a position that makes the pain worse?
  • Were you injured recently?

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: "Abdominal Pain."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: "Abdominal Pain."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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