Abdominal Pain Specialist

Medical Associates of Manhattan offers in-depth diagnostic care and treatment of abdominal pain in patients on Manhattan's Upper East Side and throughout New York City, using state-of-the-art techniques to determine the underlying cause of pain and discomfort to help patients resolve their symptoms.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

Medical Associates Of Manhattan

What causes abdominal pain?

The abdomen contains many organs, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, gallbladder and other organs, and problems with any of these structures can cause abdominal pain. Some of the most common causes of abdominal discomfort include:

  • food allergies and sensitivities

  • gallstones

  • constipation

  • stomach flu or virus

  • ulcers

  • food poisoning

  • menstrual cramps or gynecological issues

  • kidney, liver or bladder problems

  • cancer

  • appendicitis

  • hernia

  • inflammatory bowel disease

  • irritable bowel syndrome

  • pelvic inflammatory disease

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Does all belly pain need to be evaluated by a doctor?

Generally speaking, it's always a good idea to call the office and determine if an evaluation is warranted, especially for abdominal pain that comes on rapidly and increases in strength or pain and discomfort that's chronic or persistent. In addition, if pain is accompanied by fever, loss of appetite, blood in the stools, constipation with vomiting, or if pain lasts for several days, you should call the office immediately for an evaluation.

What techniques are used to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain?

Because there are so many possible causes of pain, you'll need to have a comprehensive evaluation to help determine the causes, including gentle palpations of your abdomen to help locate the source of symptoms. You may also have diagnostic testing like colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scans or MRIs, as well as urinalysis, blood work and stool sampling to help narrow down the cause.

What kinds of treatments are available?

Your treatment will be based on the underlying cause, and may include medication, dietary changes or surgery for more complex issues. Once your test results are received by our office, we'll be able to determine the best approach to your care and discuss all your options so you can make the most informed choices about your treatment.

Insurance Accepted

For any questions regarding our insurance policies, please call the office.

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