Stomach Pain Doctor

Stomach Pain Doctor

Almost everyone has experienced stomach pain or abdominal pain. While it may be very uncomfortable or slightly painful, most causes of stomach pain are not serious and can be easily treated with over the counter medications. It is important, though, to recognize that some forms of stomach pain can also be the sign of a serious illness. Because of this reason, it is important that you learn to recognize which symptoms are serious and when to see a doctor for stomach pain.

Common Causes of Stomach Pain

Most mild stomach aches or cramps are due to indigestion, constipation, stomach flu, menstrual cramps, food poisoning or allergies and lactose intolerance. More serious causes of stomach ache can include ulcers, gallstones, hernia, kidney stones, urinary tract infections and endometriosis.stomach pain

Symptoms of Stomach Pain That Are Cause for Concern

Stomach pain that is severe or accompanied by any of the following symptoms requires prompt medical attention:

  • Nausea or fever

  • Inability to keep food down for several days

  • Blood in bowel movements

  • Breathing problems

  • Blood in vomit

  • Pain during pregnancy

  • The abdomen is tender to the touch

  • The pain started after an injury to the abdomen

  • The pain does not go away for several days

These symptoms should not be ignored as they may signal internal inflammation or infection that requires medical attention as soon as possible. For some people, some of these symptoms may be caused by colorectal, ovarian or abdominal cancer.

stomach painDetermining the Cause of Stomach Pain

There are so many potential causes of stomach pain so your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to narrow down what is causing the stomach ache. You will also be asked several related questions about the pain you are feeling. Typically your doctor will ask you:

  • The type of pain are you experiencing: Is the pain stabbing and severe or is it a dull ache?

  • Whether the pain is throughout your abdomen or on one spot or side.

  • When the pain occurs. Does it happen more often in the morning or at night? Is the pain constant? Does it start after eating certain types of foods or after drinking alcohol?

  • Do you get the pain during menstruation?

  • How long have you had the pain.

  • Does the pain also radiate to other parts of your body?

  • Are you currently taking any medications or herbal supplements?

  • Any medical condition or pregnancy.

  • Does eating or lying on one side relieve or aggravate the pain?

  • Any recent injuries?

After a quick, initial evaluation, your doctor may have you take some tests to help make the diagnosis. Depending on your stomach pain symptoms, these tests may include blood or urine tests, or enemas, barium swallows, x-ray, an endoscopy or ultrasound.

Treatment for Serious Stomach Ache

Treating abdominal pain is dependent on diagnosing the cause based on the symptoms:

  • Medications for inflammation, gastroesophageal reflux disease or ulcers.

  • Antibiotics for infections.

  • Dietary changes abdominal pain caused by certain foods or beverages.

  • Local or spinal injections of numbing agents or corticosteroids. 

  • In severe cases such as appendicitis and hernia, surgery is needed.

If you are experiencing painful, acute (sudden) stomach pain, please visit your nearest emergency room. If your stomach pain has been chronic (ongoing) and painful, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Pain doctor in NYC.

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