Find out if your stomach pains could mean it’s time to visit a doctor.
While stomach pains will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, there are situations in which stomach pains are harmless and there are some instances where your pains could mean a trip to see our Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala. Find out what could be causing your issues and when to visit us.
Abdominal Pain Causes
If you are experiencing pains between the chest and pelvis then you are dealing with abdominal issues. Abdominal pain manifests itself in many ways, from a dull ache to sharp, sudden pains. While it’s impossible to determine the cause of your stomach pains without visiting one of our Clearwater GI doctors, here are some potential causes:
- Gastroenteritis (often referred to as the “stomach flu” or “stomach bug”)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Acid reflux
- Food allergies
- Appendicitis (this is a medical emergency)
- Peptic ulcers
- Ovarian cysts
- Stomach ulcers
- A hiatal hernia
- An intestinal obstruction
As you can see, there are so many possible reasons why someone could deal with stomach pains that it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. While stomach pains caused by certain foods, allergies or stress will be fleeting and won’t cause serious issues, some of the above conditions do require urgent care.
When to See a Doctor
While your pains may just go away on its own after a couple hours or even a day or two, if you notice that your symptoms are getting worse or last more than a few days then it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us. Stay away from over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, as they can cause further irritation to the stomach.
You should seek emergency care if:
- You are dealing with severe pain
- You have a fever
- You have pain accompanied by blood in your stools
- You are nauseous or vomiting
- Your abdomen is tender to the touch
- Your stomach is swollen
- Your skin is yellow
- You are experiencing unexplained losing weight
If you are dealing with new or worsening stomach pains, then it’s time that you turned to the gastrointestinal experts at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, to give you the care you need to feel better. Call us today!