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How your gastroenterologists in Clearwater, Florida can help you feel better

Boy With Stomach PainDoes your stomach hurt? The fact is, stomach pain is a common problem, and it may go away on its own. But what if you’ve had stomach pain for a long time, or it keeps coming back? You need to find out what’s causing your stomach pain and your gastroenterologist can help. The doctors at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, Florida Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala can help with stomach pain and other gastrointestinal issues.

So, how do you know if you should see a gastroenterologist? There are some definite signs and symptoms you should pay attention to, including if you:

  • Have a fever over 101 degrees
  • Have blood in your stools
  • Are vomiting blood
  • Notice yellowing of your skin or eyes
  • Have abdominal swelling
  • Have uncontrollable pain

Your gastroenterologist will determine what is causing your stomach pain and then formulate a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and treat the underlying condition. Some of the medical conditions which can cause stomach pain include:

  • Gastrointestinal ulcers
  • Chronic constipation
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis

You can try a few simple tips to help prevent and relieve stomach pain, including:

  • Eating a bland diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (BRAT) for a few days
  • Sipping tiny amounts of lemon or lime juice
  • Eating smaller amounts of food, more slowly
  • Drinking licorice or chamomile tea
  • Medications and antacids such as Zantac or Pepto-Bismol

To ease your stomach, it is important to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking aspirin or NSAID medications until your gastroenterologist determines what is causing your stomach pain, because these habits can make stomach pain worse.

Don’t ignore your stomach pain. Help from your gastroenterologist is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call the doctors at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, Florida. Call today and feel better soon!

By Advanced Digestive Care
July 23, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: stomach pain  

Stomach PainFind out what is causing your stomach pain so you can get back to your life.

There is nothing worse than having a wonderful day ruined by an upset stomach. Of course, if this is something that’s happening rather frequently you may be a bit concerned. Our Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala, are here to tell you what might be happening and when you should visit a doctor about your stomach pain.

The most common causes of stomach/abdominal pain include:

  • Food allergies/sensitivities (the most common food allergies include nuts, shellfish, dairy, soy, wheat, and eggs)
  • Irritable bowel disease (this includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Food poisoning
  • Gastroenteritis (often referred to as the “stomach flu”, even though it is not to be confused with the influenza virus)
  • Gas

Other less common causes of stomach pain include:

  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Endometriosis (causes lower abdominal pain)
  • Appendicitis (causes lower right abdominal pain; requires immediate medical attention)
  • A hernia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

When to See a Doctor

You will want to head to your local ER if your abdominal pain is severe or doesn’t go away, or if your stomach pain is also accompanied by chest pain. You should also seek immediate medical attention if your stomach discomfort is accompanied by blood in your vomit, persistent vomiting, yellow skin, swollen stomach, or if you are pregnant.

You will want to call our Clearwater GI doctor as soon as possible if you have abdominal pain and you also:

  • Have a fever
  • Haven’t kept food down in two days
  • Are dehydrated
  • Can’t defecate
  • Have pain with urination
  • Have tenderness in the abdominal area

When you come in for an evaluation we will need to ask you a series of questions regarding your symptoms. This is one way to help us determine the best diagnostic tests to perform based on what we believe is going on. It’s important to rule out other causes since there are many conditions, injuries, and other factors that can cause stomach pain. The sooner we are able to determine the root cause the better.

Medications, lifestyle modifications and sometimes certain medical procedures or surgeries will be required to handle your symptoms depending on what's going on. We will walk you through your detailed treatment plan once we have diagnosed the cause of your stomach pain so you understand what you need to do to get rid of your discomfort.

Don’t let stomach pain dictate your life. We know you have better things to worry about, so let the gastrointestinal specialists at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, help you figure out what’s going on so that you can get the relief you finally deserve.

By Advanced Digestive Care
May 11, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: stomach pain  

Find out if your stomach pains could mean it’s time to visit a doctor.stomach pain

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
  • Indigestion
  • Food allergies
  • Appendicitis (this is a medical emergency)
  • Gallstones
  • Endometriosis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • 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!

By Advanced Digestive Care
March 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: stomach pain  

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 stomach painissues? 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
  • hernia
  • gallstones
  • menstrual cramps
  • virus
  • kidney stones
  • lactose intolerance
  • urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • appendicitis

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
  • fever
  • vomiting for more than 2 days
  • dehydration
  • 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!