The most prominent signs of intestinal colic in adults are: Attacks of acute, unbearable pain, accompanied by cramps. The pain is rapidly increasing and radiating in men - in the testicles, in women - in the genitals. On palpation of the abdomen muscles are not strained, but the patient feels a strong pain. Adults with colic typically feel pressure or aches in the upper abdomen. Harvard Medical School's Patient Education Center explains that the pain often occurs in the upper right part of your abdomen near your liver and gallbladder. Sometimes the pains occur just .