What causes right side abdominal pain (RAP)?

Adults and children can have RAP for many reasons, including some health problems.

For children, they might include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trouble digesting the sugar in milk products, called lactose intolerance
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Abdominal migraines (stomach pain that comes back a lot without a known cause)

Health issues that can cause RAP in adults include:

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Period pain
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Liver or gallbladder problems
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Infection from a parasite
  • Cancer

Still, many adults and kids have RAP that’s not caused by any clear medical problem. Then, it’s called functional abdominal pain. Doctors don’t know what causes it, but things like stress, personality, and genes may play a role. Another idea is that the nerves in the digestive tract are more sensitive than they are for most people.

* 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.