Some of the questions that a patient should be prepared to answer are as follows:
➢ What is the severity of pain? Is it dull or stabbing?
➢ Is the pain localized to a part of the stomach or spread throughout the abdomen?
➢ When does the pain occur more often?
➢ How long has the pain been continuing?
➢ Does the pain radiate to the shoulders, lower back, buttocks, or groin?
➢ Does any activity such as lying on side relieve the pain?
Following an initial assessment, the doctor may conduct stool tests, blood tests, and X-rays to arrive a conclusion about the real cause of stomach ache. Depending on the cause, the treatment for stomach ache may range from drugs to reduce inflammation to antibiotics for infections. Surgery may be necessary if the ache has been caused due to hernia or appendicitis.