Experiencing abdominal pain can be downright intolerable sometimes. While most people only experience mild symptoms that often go away on their own, some people have to put up with long-term or more serious pain. If you have abdominal pain that is causing you distress, it’s time to talk to your Houston gastroenterologist about what could be causing your symptoms.
What are the common causes of abdominal pain?
The minor causes of abdominal pain:
- Food allergies (e.g. lactose intolerance)
- Menstrual cramps
- Urinary tract infection
Other causes of abdominal pain:
- Kidney Stones
- Crohn’s disease
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
When should I call my doctor about my abdominal pain?
Because abdominal pain can have several causes, including more minor ones, it can be hard to know when it’s time to see the doctor; however, if you experience any of these symptoms, call us right away:
You’re unable to keep food down for days
Your pain is caused by an abdominal injury
You’ve been experiencing this pain for several days
You experience painful urination
You’re unable to pass stools
Your abdomen is tender to the touch
Seek treatment immediately if there is blood in your vomit or stools, if you have problems breathing or if you’re pregnant.
How do I know what is causing my abdominal pain?
Leave this to Dr. Vikram S. Jayanty! As you can see there are so many different causes for abdominal pain and the main way we can pinpoint the culprit is through a physical exam. We will ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are experiencing to get a better sense of what is going on. We often run blood, stool and urine tests, as well as ultrasounds, CT scans or X-rays to help us reach a diagnosis.
How will you treat my abdominal pain?
Your treatment plan will depend solely on your diagnosis. Some patients will receive medications to decrease inflammation while those with infections will be prescribed antibiotics. We will also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes that you will need to incorporate in order to eliminate your pain. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or appendicitis, then surgery will be essential.
If you’re concerned about your abdominal pain or you’ve been experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms, don’t just suffer through it. Give your Houston gastroenterologist a call today at (713) 932-9200 so we can get you an appointment.