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Frequent abdominal pain means you have belly pain that occurs at least 3 times over 3 months. Sometimes the pain is linked to eating certain foods or having a bowel movement. But most of the time the pain cannot be explained.
Your doctor may use the words "functional abdominal pain" or "recurrent abdominal pain" to describe the problem. It can be hard to deal with pain when your doctor cannot find a cause, even after tests are done.
When the pain is very bad, it can keep you from doing your normal activities. Sometimes stress can make your pain worse. Even if you cannot make the pain go away, there are things you can do to make it a little easier to manage.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
For more information about how you and your healthcare provider can work together to address chronic abdominal pain, see Your Pathway for Managing Chronic Abdominal Pain.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 8/18/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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