MD, DM (Gastro)
Sr. Surgical Gastroenterologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon
Experience: 12 years
Abdominal pain can occur anywhere in the abdomen, from the ribs to the pelvis. The pain is commonly referred to as stomach pain or a stomachache, but it can originate in a variety of internal organs other than your stomach.
Medicines containing loperamide (Imodium) or bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol) may help relieve diarrhoea cramps. Acetaminophen (Aspirin Free Anacin, Liquiprin, Panadol, Tylenol) may be useful for other types of pain.
Within 48 hours, an upset stomach usually goes away on its own. However, stomach pain can sometimes indicate a more serious health issue. When it comes to stomach pain, know when to seek medical help. If your symptoms don't go away after a day or two, you should see a doctor.