My bowels bother me

Every few days I get intense pinching pain in various places of my abdomen, but mostly just above the navel.

Q: I have been having recurrent stomach problems. Every few days I get intense pinching pain in various places of my abdomen, but mostly just above the navel and followed by the urge to pass stools. Pain persists even while passing stools and gets relieved after that. Please help.
— Sandeep Agaskar, via email

A: The pain you have is generalised and gets relieved after passing motions. This indicates that the pain is most probably related to the colon. It may be because of inflammation or increased sensitivity of the colon. You need to get an evaluation done for colitis or irritable bowel syndrome along with a complete blood count and stool test. Knowing things like your age, whether you have lost weight recently, and duration of symptoms is required for further diagnosis.

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