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Abdominal Pain Specialists

Gotham Gastroenterology -  - Gastroenterology

Gotham Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn, NY

Abdominal pain is such a common problem that everyone knows what it's like to have a bellyache. If you're experiencing severe or ongoing abdominal pain, the board-certified physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology can diagnose and treat your condition at their locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. Gotham Gastroenterology provides prompt, effective care to relieve your abdominal pain and whatever's causing it, using advanced diagnostics and treatments. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain is a broad term that describes any type of discomfort in your abdomen – the area between your waist and your groin. Abdominal pain could be dull, aching, crampy, intermittent, or sharp.

A symptom that affects everyone from time to time, in many cases abdominal pain is no cause for alarm. An upset stomach could simply indicate that you've eaten too late in the evening, or you've had food that doesn't agree with you. Trapped gas can be especially painful but usually isn't serious.

Sometimes, however, abdominal pain indicates a more worrisome condition.

When Should I Get Medical Attention for Abdominal Pain?

You should seek medical attention from Gotham Gastroenterology if you have abdominal pain accompanied by symptoms such as continual nausea, persistent constipation, decreased appetite, or weight loss, or if your abdominal pain persists for more than a day.

You should also contact the nearest office without delay if you experience any of the following symptoms accompanied by abdominal pain:

  • Blood in your stool
  • High fever
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Severe abdominal swelling
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Vomiting blood

These symptoms could indicate you need emergency medical attention.

What Causes Abdominal Pain?

There are numerous possible causes of abdominal pain. Your abdomen also contains your urinary tract, so you could have abdominal pain because of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones.

Women might experience abdominal pain due to problems with their reproductive organs, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or menstrual problems.

Gastrointestinal causes of abdominal pain can include:

  • Gastritis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • An intestinal obstruction
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Appendicitis
  • A hernia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • An enlarged spleen
  • Colorectal cancer

You could also have referred pain coming from higher up in your chest. For example, if you have pneumonia or suffer a heart attack, you might experience abdominal pain.

How is Abdominal Pain Diagnosed?

Because there's such a wide range of conditions that can cause abdominal pain, your provider at Gotham Gastroenterology might recommend one or a combination of diagnostic tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. 

Possible tests include:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Small bowel endoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy

Once your gastroenterologist diagnoses the cause of your abdominal pain, they can create a suitable treatment plan for you.

Call Gotham Gastroenterology if you're having problems with abdominal pain or book an appointment online.