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Severe abdominal pain, breathlessness, excessive stomach gas. Medical attention required?

Last night while sitting, I suddenly got severe left abdominal pain that took my breath away and made me feel faint. It lasted a few minutes and I could barely move due to pain. It eased when I was able to eventually lie flat on my back. Overnight I have felt a niggle in the same area, awaking early this morning with another bout that was accompanied by passing gas. When the pain occurs it was extreme and I am wondering whether I should seek medical attention now while the pain has reduced back to a niggle?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Thank you for posting
From your description you are presenting with an acute abdominal colic (acute abdominal pain which goes on and off) which could be due to a good number of causes around the intestines (given the location of the pain). We could also rule out nephritic colic. The colicky abdominal pain could be due to transient disorder or serious diseases. This could be caused by distension, obstruction or inflammation. Most frequently the cause is benign and/or self-limiting, but more serious causes may require urgent intervention. You might require to see a doctor so he can determine the cause and make sure it is not a serious diseases. You could take antispasmodic medication and sodium bicarbonate salt to start with and see if the pain subsides permanently.

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Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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