Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children

Authored by Dr Mary Lowth, 30 May 2017

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Dr Anjum Gandhi, 30 May 2017

Recurrent tummy (abdominal) pain is common in children. One to two of every 10 children will experience it at some time. Children with recurrent tummy pain are often worried (anxious) or sad (depressed).

Most doctors use the term 'recurrent abdominal pain' to mean that your child has experienced tummy pain on and off, over two months or more. Many doctors now use the term 'recurrent abdominal pain' as a label only for those cases of on-and-off tummy pain for which no other medical cause has been found.

Pain is created in the brain out of a mixture of nerve and chemical signals. These include signals from injured tissues - but these do not provide the only 'input' to the pain centres of the brain. These areas also receive input from the thinking and emotional parts of the brain, and we know that these can modify and even create pain.

Every morning I wake up with left abdominal and back pain, it's located between my spine around to my navel. The pain is in the exact same place every morning and wakes me from my sleep, iv had it...

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