Abdominal pain is very common. In fact, everyone has had abdominal pain or stomach pain at some point in their lives. Most of the time, the cause is not serious and can be diagnosed and treated easily. Abdominal pain can sometimes, though, be a symptom of a more serious gastrointestinal problem or illness. If you experience severe abdominal pain along with any of the following symptoms, contact a GI doctor to schedule an appointment:
The causes of acute abdominal pain are categorized by region: right upper quadrant (RUQ), epigastrium, left upper quadrant (LUQ), mid abdomen (near the belly button), right lower quadrant (RLQ), sub-umbilical (below the belly button), and right lower quadrant (RLQ):
Since there are many possible causes of abdominal pain, a gastroenterologist will perform a thorough physical examination, discuss the symptoms and perform testing to help diagnose the pain. These tests may include an endoscopic exam, blood test, stool test, urine test, X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. At the Center for GI Health, Dr. Nowain performs state-of-the-art endoscopic diagnostic procedures for gastrointestinal patients:
Once your gastroenterologist determines the cause of your abdominal pain, treatment will begin, ranging from anti-inflammatory medications, to antibiotics for infections to changes in personal behavior or diet. In some cases, surgery might be necessary.
If you have already visited Dr. Nowain, you can get in touch with him at the Center for GI Health through Patient Fusion website. Here you can ask questions and be in direct contact with Dr. Nowain!