Abdominal Pain

Advanced Digestive Care

Gastroenterologists located in Clearwater, FL

Abdominal pain or stomach ache is often just a mild and passing inconvenience, but it can be so severe you can’t help moaning and weeping. If you have abdominal pain and it isn’t going away, or it’s getting worse, the team at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, Florida, has the expertise to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain. For fast and effective relief from abdominal pain, call Advanced Digestive Care today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment using the online tool.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is the medical term for a stomach ache, something everybody experiences now and then. In most cases, abdominal pain is due to causes like indigestion, trapped gas, or constipation. For women, period pain is a common cause of abdominal discomfort. There are many other potential causes of abdominal pain, the most frequently occurring being:

  • A stomach virus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Hernia
  • Gallstones
  • Colitis
  • Kidney stones
  • Appendicitis

Most of the time, abdominal pain goes away within a few hours without you needing any medical attention. However, there are some treatable causes of stomach ache and potentially serious conditions that you should talk to the team at Advanced Digestive Care about.

When should I see a doctor about abdominal pain?

It’s worth calling Advanced Digestive Care if you’ve been vomiting for more than two days or have severe pain that lasts longer than a couple of hours, or if you have any of these symptoms as well as your abdominal pain:

  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Inability to pass stools
  • Tender abdomen
  • Painful urination

There are also symptoms you might experience at the same time as abdominal pain that indicates you need urgent medical attention, such as:

  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Yellowing skin

You should always contact your provider if you’re pregnant and start experiencing stomach pain.

How do I get a diagnosis for abdominal pain?

As every patient is different, and abdominal pain has so many varying causes, an accurate diagnosis requires expert medical attention as provided at Advanced Digestive Care. Your provider gets to the root cause of your abdominal pain by conducting a thorough physical exam and reviewing your medical and family history.

To help with diagnosis, try to remember or make a note of any symptoms and how to describe them. For instance, when your symptoms first started, whether the pain is there all the time or comes and goes, and what makes you feel worse or better. Does the pain center in one small area, or radiate out into other parts of your body?

Try to describe the nature of the pain as well. Is it dull or sharp? Aching or stabbing? Can you liken it or contrast it to another pain you’ve experienced before? The more information you can provide, the better.

As well as a physical exam, you’re likely to need to undergo some tests. The tests you have depend on what your provider at Advanced Digestive Care suspects might be wrong, but could include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Stool sample analysis
  • Barium drink or enema
  • Endoscopy
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT (computed tomography) scan

When the results of your tests are in and you have a diagnosis, your provider at Advanced Digestive Care can recommend the most appropriate course of treatment to relieve your abdominal pain.

For any concerns about abdominal pain, call Advanced Digestive Care today, or book an appointment online.