How to Diagnose My Child’s RAP?

When you or your child sees the doctor about RAP, she’ll ask about symptoms and family history. She’ll want to know when the pain starts and what seems to make it feel worse or better. Then, she’ll do a thorough physical exam.

She’ll probably take samples of blood and urine to do some tests. She also can order a scan to look inside your body for a problem, such as a CT scan, MRI, or an ultrasound. If you’re over age 50, you may get a colonoscopy, which is when a doctor uses a thin, flexible tool with a camera to look for problems inside your colon and rectum.

The results of these tests will help your doctor decide what kind of treatment will help you or your child the most. If a specific health issue is making your stomach hurt, you’ll need to get treatment for that problem. Your doctor could also suggest lifestyle changes like eating different foods or finding ways to manage stress. Often, a mix of different things helps.

If your belly pain keeps coming back for 6 months and your doctor can’t find a medical reason why, you may have functional abdominal pain.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.