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What Causes Abdominal Pain?

If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, it could be something as simple as trapped gas or something as serious as appendicitis or cancer. Many people ignore abdominal pain, attributing it to something they ate, but if you are having ongoing abdominal pain, you should make an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology for a consultation.

The Location of Your Abdominal Pain May Help Diagnose Your Condition

Where you are experiencing the abdominal pain can help determine what is causing it. Pain in the upper abdomen is usually attributed to ulcers, gallbladder issues, kidney infections, certain liver issues, and even heart attack. Lower abdominal pain can be a symptom of colorectal cancer, kidney stones, an intestinal obstruction, a UTI, IBD, or Chron’s disease.

Diagnosing the Cause of Abdominal Pain

Because abdominal pain can be a symptom in so many different conditions, your physician will speak to extensively about your other symptoms too. Your doctor may review your dietary and lifestyle habits, review any food allergies you may have, and may run diagnostic tests such as a colonoscopy, an upper GI, and other exploratory evaluations. In some cases, you may need a CT scan or MRI.

How Do I Know the Abdominal Pain Is Serious Enough to Warrant an Exam?

If the abdominal pain is severe or lasts more than a few days, you should make an appointment. If your abdominal pain is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or severe swelling, you should see a doctor right away. Other symptoms that may be serious include changes in appetite, vomiting blood, jaundice, or persistent vomiting.

Most of the Time, Abdominal Pain Is Temporary

Most abdominal pain is the result of gas or overeating. You may feel bloated or perhaps you overindulged in alcohol. The abdominal pain you experience in these cases is temporary and will normally pass on its own or with the help of an over-the-counter treatment. However, if your abdominal pain is persistent or you experience any of the accompanying symptoms, you should request an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology. For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology, contact our office at 212-794-0240. Our team of experts strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology for patients in NYC. You can also make an appointment by filling out a form.

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