Stomach pain is one of the most common types of uncomfortable health problems, and it can arise for many different reasons. The expert gastroenterologist at Stomach Pain NY in Midtown East, New York City, has considerable experience in dealing with the many causes of stomach pain, making a fast and accurate diagnosis of what’s causing your pain and using the most advanced treatment options to ease your discomfort and return you to health. Call Stomach Pain NY today to arrange a consultation, or book an appointment using the online tool.
What causes stomach pain?
There are numerous possible causes of stomach pain. The most common reasons why you might have pain in your abdomen are mild digestive disturbances like indigestion or constipation, and for women, period pain.
Other causes of stomach pain include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Food poisoning
- Food allergies
- Lactose intolerance
- Kidney stones
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Because there are so many potential causes of stomach pain, it’s helpful to know what signs could indicate a more serious problem that needs medical attention.
What symptoms should I look for if I have stomach pain?
If your stomach pain is severe or getting worse, call Stomach Pain NY for advice. You should also seek medical attention if:
- Stomach pain is accompanied by a fever
- You’ve been vomiting for more than two days
- You’re becoming dehydrated
- You haven’t been having bowel movements
- You experience pain when urinating
- You’re vomiting blood
- Your stools are bloody or black and tarry
- You have difficulty breathing
- Your abdomen is swollen
- Your skin is yellow
Most of the time, stomach pain isn’t an indication of a serious medical problem, but if you’re concerned, it’s best to contact Stomach Pain NY without delay.
How is stomach pain diagnosed?
Diagnosis of stomach pain starts with a review of your medical history and current symptoms, and a physical exam. At Stomach Pain NY, they take a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, so your provider asks questions about your lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and other factors that may be contributing to your stomach pain.
Being able to define the pain is very helpful for diagnosis, so try to describe the exact nature of the pain. For example, is it sharp, stabbing, or aching? Does the pain move, or radiate from a fixed point? Is it constant, or does it flare up and ease off, and have you noticed anything that makes the pain better or worse?
Following the initial exam, you may need to undergo some diagnostic tests, such as:
- Urine or stool samples
- Blood test
- Barium drink or enema
- CT (computed tomography) scan
An accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment for your stomach pain.
If you’re experiencing stomach pain and it’s not improving, or if you have any other symptoms, call Stomach Pain NY today, or book an appointment online.