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Signs Your IBD May Be Flaring

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Updated June 27, 2014

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Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Quadrants

Knowing which quadrant your abdominal pain is located in can be helpful information to give your physician.

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Abdominal pain (what people might also call stomach pain) is a very common symptom of an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare-up. Pain from ulcerative colitis tends to be located in the lower left quadrant (or section) of the abdomen and is often crampy in nature.

Pain from Crohn's disease could be located in almost any area of the abdomen, depending on what section of the intestine (either the large intestine or the small intestine) is affected. In the two most common forms of Crohn's disease, pain might be found in the middle or the lower right abdomen. Pain in the abdomen has many potential sources; therefore, the location is an important factor in helping a physician understand what might be causing it.

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