Abdominal Pain: Causes, Management, Relief Options

Abdominal Pain: Causes, Management, Relief Options
Published on, 09 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Hossam Aldin Mostafa and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I experienced a major stress attack on Christmas Eve, and since then, I've been dealing with constant mild but uncomfortable abdominal pains. The pain is located above my belly button and is quite bothersome. I sometimes experience constipation, and I've noticed that regular workouts like running seem to alleviate the pain temporarily, but it returns afterwards. I feel really lost and unsure of what to do. I should also mention that I don't have access to go to the hospital due to private reasons. I just want to know if this could be something serious and what steps I should take.



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Possible Diagnosis: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Symptoms: Constant mild abdominal pain above the belly button, worsened by stress, occasional constipation



1. Regular exercise, like running, seems to help temporarily

2. Stress management techniques, such as mindfulness or relaxation exercises, may be beneficial

3. Dietary modifications, such as avoiding trigger foods like dairy or high-fat foods, could help

4. Over-the-counter medications, such as antispasmodics or fiber supplements, may provide relief




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