Chronic functional abdominal pain: what is it and how is it treated?

Chronic functional abdominal pain- treating it and discovering its origins

Chronic functional abdominal pain (CFAP) is also known as functional abdominal pain syndrome. It is defined as the ongoing experience of abdominal pain without any clear physical explanation. It resembles irritable bowel syndrome and a variety of the treatments that work for IBS can also be used for chronic functional abdominal pain.

The difference between IBS and CFAP is that with CFIT there is no modification of bowel habits like diarrhea or constipation. Those sorts of bowel dysfunctions are required characteristics for diagnosis of IBS.

Chronic functional abdominal pain is diagnosed once other disorders like Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and appendicitis are eliminated. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders has some great information for CFAP treatment.

CFAP treatment strategies

The aim of treatment for this abdominal pain syndrome is to help sufferers to regain control of their symptoms and enhance their daily functioning.

Many people who suffer from this pain disorder begin to keep a diary that records when their symptoms appear, as well as what triggers them. Whether it be something emotional or situational. All this information will be used by a physician who can help you to devise a strategy that manages the pain symptoms.

Stress management, hypnosis as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy are all treatments that are used to manage this abdominal pain. Antidepressants are also used in some cases.

Why does functional abdominal pain syndrome occur?

It can occur from:

  • the effects of infections,
  • stress after traumatic events like the death of a loved one or divorce,
  • a history of repeated abdominal injuries.

Final thoughts

If you are experiencing abdominal pain, it’s important to consult with a physician who can help you to diagnose the pain that you are experiencing.