Stomach aches and back pain may affect your ability to perform daily tasks, particularly when they occur simultaneously. Because there are many different organs in your abdomen, determining the exact cause of your pain can be difficult. Several medical conditions can cause you to have pain in your stomach and back at the same time.
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Inflammation of the pancreas causes sharp pains in the upper abdominal region, and this pain often radiates to the sufferer's back. The pain tends to subside when the patient leans forward or gathers himself into a ball. A pain sufferer should seek medical attention if the abdominal pain persists for a few days. There can be mild cases of pancreatitis, but most cases require medical intervention. Treatment of pancreatitis is carried out while the patient is hospitalized.
An aortic aneurysm is a condition during which an area of the aorta weakens and bulges. The aorta is the largest artery of the body and if it ruptures it can cause fatal bleeding. Aneurysms in the abdominal aorta cause pulsating near the navel, pain in the abdomen and pain in the back. Abdominal aneurysms are the most common type of aortic aneurysm. If an individual has back pain, abdominal pain and pulsing in the navel or chest, she should seek immediate medical attention. Treatment of aortic aneurysms are surgical and comprise removing and replacing the damaged part of the vessel with synthetic material.
Peptic ulcers are open sores in the stomach and the small intestine. The most common cause is a bacterial infection. Stress and diet are also thought to play a role. Peptic ulcers on the rear wall of the digestive tract can cause abdominal and back pain. Peptic ulcers also cause vomiting, nausea, and the pain is present when the stomach is empty. Peptic ulcers can be resolved medicinally or surgically.
Tumors can cause pain in almost any portion of the body if they reach a large enough size. Tumors of the abdominal cavity can grow large enough to pressure the organs and cause a dull pain that can radiate toward the abdomen and back. Tumors are treated using surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Conditions that cause stomach aches and back pain are potentially life-threatening -- seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms with an unknown cause.