We’ve all experienced a stomachache, but have you ever wondered if your abdominal pain was something more serious? Maybe you have acute abdominal pain, lasting only a few hours to a week or perhaps you have chronic abdominal pain, lasting three or more months. We get phone calls all the time from patients with stomach distress who want to know if their pain might be serious.
Some “red flag” symptoms that should prompt medical attention include: fever, diarrhea, persistent constipation, bloody stools, persistent nausea or vomiting, vomiting blood, severe belly tenderness and increasing pain.
The most common conditions associated with abdominal pain include:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – A condition that afflicts 10-15% of the U.S. population. While uncomfortable, this condition does not pose a threat.
Peptic Ulcer Disease – This is a common cause of acute and even chronic abdominal pain.
Gallstones – Common explanation for acute abdominal pain.
Pancreatitis – Often associated with gallstones and alcohol abuse. Typically causes severe abdominal pain radiating towards the back.
Diverticulitis – A common infection of the large intestine.
Appendicitis – Common in younger folks, but can occur at any age.
Constipation – Can cause pain severe enough for Emergency Room care.
Are you are concerned about episodes of abdominal pain? I recommend you contact my office for an appointment so I can determine the cause of your abdominal pain and help develop a treatment plan.
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