Abdominal Pain Treatment Specialist Q&A
The cause for abdominal pain varies greatly depending on the area affected. Gastroenterologists can evaluate and diagnose all kinds of abdominal pain, making them the go-to specialist when experiencing pain in this area. Many patients suffering from long lasting or chronic abdominal and pelvic pain can find relief here at Digestive Disease Care (DDC). For more information, please contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Forest Hills NY, Jamaica NY, Jericho NY, Lake Success NY, Melville NY, Mineola NY, Massapequa NY and New Hyde Park NY.
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Abdominal pain is a generalized term that refers to any pain or discomfort in the midsection and can affect various areas within this region. Abdominal pain may occur in the stomach (upper abdominal region), the intestinal tract (lower abdominal region), around the belly button (periumbilical region), and just above the pubic bone (suprapubic region).
If you are experiencing abdominal pain, visit a gastroenterologist. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist. Simple symptoms can signal early signs of more serious conditions, from prolonged gas to difficulty swallowing. If stomach-related symptoms turn out to be nothing more than a reaction to a change in diet or a simple infection, individuals will feel better and have peace of mind for having checked with a professional who specializes in stomach disorders. Scheduling a colonoscopy or other regular cancer screening procedures is another valid reason to visit a gastroenterologist or digestive doctor. Patients who are 45 years old or older that have not been tested for colon cancer before should make an appointment promptly. It could prevent serious medical complications.
There are three main things to look for that can help diagnose the source of abdominal pain, including:
Type of Pain — Dull, achy, constant pain can be related to different problems than sharp, stabbing, fleeting pain. The type of pain can tell doctors a lot about what might be going on, so all forms of pain should be evaluated as soon as possible.
Location of Pain — Because the abdomen has multiple organs, pinpointing the exact location can be difficult. It helps to narrow it down to the upper abdomen, the lower abdomen, the right side or the left as any organ in this region can cause abdominal pain.
Additional Symptoms — If there are other symptoms associated with abdominal pain, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or indigestion, the doctor will take all of these into account when making a diagnosis.
Abdominal pain that indicates a serious medical emergency include the following, and should be treated at the ER right away:
• Constant or severe abdominal pain
• Pain associated with a high fever
• Changes in pain intensity or location
• Pain accompanied by other serious or unusual symptoms
• Pain localized to one particular area
• Right lower quadrant could indicate appendicitis
• Right upper quadrant could indicate a gallbladder infection
• Left lower quadrant could indicate a colon infection
The most common causes of abdominal pain are:
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
• Gallbladder Disease
• Small Bowel Obstruction
Lower abdominal pain in females can have several different causes, including:
Pain around the belly button:
• Early appendicitis
• Stomach ulcers
Pain just above the pubic bone:
• Bladder pain
• Period pain
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pain on one side:
• Ovulation pain
• Ovarian cysts
• Ectopic pregnancy
• Muscular pain
• Generalized pain
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
If you are experiencing abdominal pain and do not know what is causing it, come to Digestive Disease Care (DDC) today. Our kind, compassionate and board-certified physicians are experienced in treating abdominal pain and can help you determine the underlying problem and develop a treatment plan that uniquely addresses your needs. Call us today to book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Jamaica NY, Melville NY, New Hyde Park NY, Forest Hills NY, Jericho NY, Mineola NY, Lake Success NY, Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Massapequa NY, and BEYOND.
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