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What happens when I have a stomach pain?

When you have a stomach pain you will have pain or discomfort in your belly. It can be accompanied by burning in your chest known as heartburn, burping, bloating, and feeling full too quickly when you start eating.

When you have a stomach pain it may be originating in the stomach, or it may be originating from a different organ in the abdomen. It is common for people to refer to abdominal pain as stomach pain, but the pain may be coming from another organ, such as your:

  • esophagus
  • small intestine
  • large intestine
  • pancreas
  • kidneys
  • spleen
  • gallbladder
  • liver
  • bladder
  • ovaries
  • uterus

The pain itself can be due to pressure, inflammation, irritation, temperature, change in pH, bleeding or obstruction. The pain signal to the brain is often non-specific. Therefore your healthcare provider will take a detailed history and perform an exam to determine what is causing your pain.

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