Abdominal Pain in Texas
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What is abdominal pain?
Individuals commonly have trouble finding the words to explain abdominal pain. Sometimes described as lower abdominal pain, upper abdominal pain, pain in the upper stomach, generalized pain in the stomach, etc., abdominal pain can present as any manner of discomfort in the area between the pelvis and the chest. It may be non-specific and a struggle to explain. Oftentimes, pain in your abdomen can be a small issue but it is important to take note of your body and the signs that it is sending you. There can be any number of possible reasons why you may be experiencing stomach pain. If you struggle with frequent off-and-on stomach concerns, it may be time to visit a doctor who can provide treatment for abdominal pain in Texas. You can request a consultation with a GI provider near you by contacting Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.
What are the causes of abdominal pain?
Abdominal or stomach pain might be due to quite a few less serious concerns. These typically involve:
- Indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Virus: Such as the stomach flu or other virus.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Pain commonly presents in the lower abdomen but can be in any portion of the abdomen. Pain may increase shortly after eating.
- Food poisoning: A foodborne illness due to toxins in food from bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Symptoms include nausea, and vomiting.
- Food allergies (such as gluten or lactose intolerance). Common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, fish, and shellfish.
Other conditions with potential for greater danger that present with abdominal pain involve:
- Ulcerative colitis: IBS that can result in rectal and abdominal cramps and extreme discomfort.
- Stomach cancer: Symptoms can include pain and unusual “fullness” in the upper abdomen.
- Diverticulitis: Infection/inflammation of the colon. This might progress to bowel obstruction and abdominal swelling.
- Decreased blood supply to the intestines (intestinal ischemia): This can be the result of a blocked blood vessel and might affect intestinal operation.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): This occurs when stomach acid pushes backwards into the esophagus. Symptoms can involve frequent heartburn.
- Colon cancer: Symptoms can include extreme and lengthy pain in the abdomen, and/or change in bowel habits.
- Pancreatitis: Swelling of the pancreas. Pain is often experienced in the upper abdomen, radiating to the back.
- Ulcers: Sores in the stomach lining which can result in abdominal pain.
- Bowel obstruction or blockage: Prevention of digested waste from passing through the bowel.
- Cholecystitis: Swelling of the gallbladder that can present as severe discomfort in the upper right or center of the abdomen.
- Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): Symptoms present with extreme pain in the back and side from the groin to the lower abdomen.
- Appendicitis: Swelling in the appendix. This could feel like a dull pain in the abdomen that moves to the lower right abdomen and grows sharper.
- Crohn’s disease: An inflammatory disease of the intestines that presents with frequent diarrhea and abdominal pain.
What is the cause of lower abdominal pain?
Sometimes, pain in one's abdomen might be isolated to the lower portion of the abdomen. Some typical sources of lower abdominal pain include:
- IBD (Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease): The term for any chronic swelling of the digestive tract.
- Diverticulitis: Swelling or infection of the walls of the intestines.
- Flu (stomach flu): Infection of the intestines. Can manifest as cramping, nausea, and fever.
- Lactose intolerance: The adverse reaction to lactose (found in dairy) due to an inability to digest it.
- Celiac disease (celiac sprue): Triggered response of the body to gluten, found in wheat, barley, and rye.
- Hernia: When another body part or organ forces its way into the abdominal wall.
- Appendicitis: Swelling of the appendix. This can present as a dull pain in the abdomen that travels to the lower right abdomen and becomes worse.
- IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome): Common disorder affecting the large intestine.
- Indigestion: Discomfort from indigestion in one's lower abdomen is unusual and due to an accumulation of acid after eating.
- Gas: Presents as the sensation of pressure in the abdomen and can include flatulence and burping.
- Bowel obstruction: The stoppage of digested waste from traveling through the intestine.
- Constipation: Difficulty passing and/or the inability to pass stool.
When should I go to the hospital for abdominal pain?
If you are suffering from extreme persistent abdominal pain along with any of the below-listed symptoms, emergency care might be required. Abdominal pain should be reviewed by an emergency physician immediately if:
- Pain travels from your stomach to your back
- Your stomach is extremely tender to the touch
- You have a fever associated with your abdominal pain
- Bloody urine or bloody stool
- A difficult time breathing or chest pain
- Unable to eat without vomiting
- Vomiting blood
- Irregular heartbeat
The best guideline is that it is better to be safe than sorry. If the pain in your stomach is recurring and perhaps not extreme, consulting with your nearest gastroenterologist may still be necessary. Our skilled specialists commonly provide care for patients with abdominal pain in Texas and are available help you with your GI symptoms. Blood in the stool should always be addressed and should most certainly be assessed by a medical practitioner. In the event that you have blood in your stool please call Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation at a location near you today.
Treatment of abdominal pain
As a result of vast array of abdominal pain sources, the most effective and efficient way to treat abdominal pain is to seek a diagnosis from a gastrointestinal physician. The physician-led group of gastroenterologists at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants aspires to deliver the highest quality, patient-centric service. As leaders in digestive health, our providers are happy to perform a number of diagnostic tests and provide treatment for a vast array of factors that are responsible for pain in one's abdomen. To consult with a doctor who offers treatment for abdominal pain in Texas, please request a consultation at your nearest location today.
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