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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
stomach flu or virus
menstrual cramps or gynecological issues
kidney, liver or bladder problems
inflammatory bowel disease
irritable bowel syndrome
pelvic inflammatory disease
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
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.
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.
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.
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