Wednesday, February 05, 2020 by Zoey Sky
Pain in the lower abdomen can be caused by a bacterial, parasitic or viral infection. The pain can also be due to a UTI (urinary tract infection), but it is best to check your symptoms and what caused the condition to determine the most effective natural remedy for the pain that you are experiencing.
Lower abdominal pain, or pain localized in the area just below your belly button, can go away on its own if it is caused by common conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, stress-related pain or stomach flu.
But if your abdominal pain is recurring or doesn’t go away after a couple of days, you might need to consult a natural health practitioner. The problem may be linked to conditions that affect vital organs in your abdomen like your appendix, gall bladder, intestines, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen or stomach.
If you experience excruciating lower abdominal pain, pass bloody urine or start vomiting blood, seek medical attention immediately.
A UTI often causes lower abdominal pain, bowel issues and problems with a woman’s reproductive system. UTIs have classic symptoms, non-classic symptoms and symptoms specific for male and female patients. (Related: TCM found to effectively treat recurring urinary tract infections.)
Symptoms that affect both genders include:
Men with UTIs may experience pain between the rectum and scrotum, along with dribbling, leakage or a slow stream when urinating.
Pain in the lower abdomen may occur because of an infection or inflammation.
Pain that is localized may be caused by a problem with a specific organ. Meanwhile, more widespread pain may have vague symptoms.
Below are the other possible causes of lower abdominal pain.
Other issues that cause lower abdominal pain include appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, fibroids, a hernia, intestinal obstruction or ovarian cysts.
A physician can run tests to determine what infection or condition is causing lower abdominal pain. If you have a UTI, testing will include palpating the abdomen to determine the source of pain and swelling. A urinalysis will determine which bacteria are present.
Other conditions require further testing. Blood, urine or stool samples can determine if your problem is bacterial, parasitic or viral in nature.
Here are several ways to prevent a UTI:
Stay hydrated and empty your bladder regularly to prevent UTIs. If you experience excruciating pain and your symptoms aren’t due to a UTI, consult a physician immediately.