Posts for: March, 2016
For many people, a stomach ache goes away within a few hours and is no cause for alarm. However, many people suffer from stomach pain caused by undiagnosed, yet treatable, conditions. But where is the line between a simple tummy ache and gastrointestinal issues? Find out with help from your Clearwater, FL doctor at Advanced Digestive Care.
What are the common causes of stomach pain?
Most cases of stomach pain come from indigestion, gas or constipation. Other common causes of stomach pain include:
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- food poisoning or allergies
- menstrual cramps
- kidney stones
- lactose intolerance
- urinary tract infection (UTI)
When should I see my doctor?
A majority of the time, the body heals itself and stomach pain goes away on its own. However, if you experience severe abdominal pain or one or more of the following symptoms, you should see your Clearwater doctor as soon as possible:
- painful urination
- vomiting for more than 2 days
- inability to pass a bowel movement
- your abdomen is tender or sore to the touch
- you have severe pain lasting longer than several hours
If you experience the following symptoms, you should contact your health care provider immediately:
- you are pregnant and experiencing stomach pain
- black or tarry stools
- blood in the stool or urine
- vomiting blood
- difficulty breathing
How can Advanced Digestive Care help?
Since everyone is different and stomach pain has such a wide variety of causes, diagnosis depends on your personal situation. Your doctor will get to the root cause of your stomach pain through questions, medical and family history and a physical exam. It is helpful to keep a record of your symptoms. Be sure to include when the symptoms appear, what makes them better or worse, where the pain is located and if the pain radiates to any other areas of your body. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your stomach pain.
For more information on stomach pain, its causes and treatment options, please contact your doctor at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL. Call (727) 462-0444 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!