Causes of sharp pains in the stomach
Depending on the type, location, and severity of the pain, sharp pains in the stomach can be attributed to many cause, including the following.
Gas and bloating can cause stomach pains, ranging from mild to severe. Although the pain doesn’t last long-term, the pain may come in waves and last for up to a few hours.
Stomach viruses, like the norovirus, can cause intense, cramp-like pains. Viruses can cause symptoms for several days and typically clear up over time. Other symptoms can include cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle aches.
Appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix, can lead to sharp pains in the lower right part of your abdomen. There may also be symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and bloating.
Gallstones are hardened deposits that can form in your gallbladder. When a gallstone blocks a duct in your gallbladder, it can lead to severe pain in the abdomen, or cholecystitis. Other symptoms can include sweating, vomiting, fever, or a yellowish tint to the skin.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome can lead to cramp-like pain in the lower abdomen. It may also be accompanied by bloating, diarrhea, or constipation.
A sharp, stabbing pain in the lower stomach area may be a sign of kidney stones, or deposits made of minerals and salts that build up in urine. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills.
Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid that form on the ovaries during ovulation. If large enough, these cysts can trigger intense pain in the lower abdomen. They may also lead to bloating, swelling, and pressure in the area of the cyst.
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