What are the common causes of Abdominal Pain?
Abdominal pain is one of the most common medical symptoms encountered by doctors and can reflect a multitude of conditions ranging from benign disorders to very serious diseases. One should seek medical care if their abdominal pain becomes recurrent, severe, refractory to standard medical therapy, or accompanied by alarming symptoms such as bleeding, weight loss, or fevers. Any organ system that makes up the trunk can cause abdominal pain including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, vessels, connective tissue, and muscle. Some common conditions that cause pain include Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Cholecystitis, Gallstones, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Cancer, and Diverticular Disease. Please refer to the Disorders Section for more information on these disorders.
How do our doctors determine the cause of your Abdominal Pain?
A detailed history and physical examination is the foundation for determining the cause of one’s pain. With this information, Our doctors can then utilize advanced testing including endoscopy, colonoscopy, radiography, and blood tests to find the source of one’s pain.
What treatments are available for Abdominal Pain?
Treatment options ultimately depend on the source of your abdominal pain and should focus on healing that affected organs. In some cases, the exact source of pain is not identified and the focus is then on relieving symptoms with analgesics, pain modifiers, and anti-spasmotics.