B-E-A-U-tiful: Abdominal Pain

 

The third symptom of the B-E-A-U-tiful acronym is Abdominal Pain. If you are having persistent abdominal pain for more than two weeks for no expected reason, this could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

 

Severe abdominal pain and bloating that occur suddenly, especially if you also have nausea and vomiting, may be a sign of a bowel obstruction from scar tissue or a tumor pressing on the bowel. Immediate medical attention is a must to avoid complications like bowel perforation that can be fatal. Obstructions are painful because the bowel above the blocked area stretches as it fills with food and digestive juices. The pain is intense and may occur in waves as the bowels try to push their contents through the obstructed area.

 

To learn more about Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy and how it delivers drugs directly into the abdomen visit the link below from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

https://www.mskcc.org/blog/intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-better-underused-option-women-advanced-ovarian

 

References:

Chutkan, Robynne. "Seriously Bloated: Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore - Health Answers." Health Answers. Everyday Health Guest Columnist, 29 Oct. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2016.

Abdominal Pain. Digital image. Naturopathicdoctorforyou. Jane Hendricks NMD, 20 Feb. 2015. Web. 7 Mar. 2016.




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