Remember that time the egg salad didn't taste quite right, but you were hungry and ate it anyway? How about when your craving for cheesecake overrode the punishment you knew your lactose intolerance would inflict? In these instances, you can expect stomach distress. But then there are times when your abdominal pain comes out of nowhere. In those cases, you're probably wondering what's the cause of this severe, stabbing, long-lasting pain.
About this Symptom Checker. Find possible causes of abdominal pain based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.
Abdominal pain in general is perhaps one of the most difficult symptoms to evaluate. As a diagnostician, making an effort to ascertain location of the pain during history taking is helpful in establishing a provisional diagnosis at the bedside and will also aid in guiding further evaluation. In that respect, abdominal pain can be classified into 3 varieties visceral pain, parietal pain and referred pain :.