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Stomach pain can be a sign of a number of issues. In many cases, stomach pains are temporary and associated with issues like gas, indigestion, or an adverse or allergic reaction to a particular food. However just like pain anywhere else in the body, chronic or severe stomach pains may be a sign of a more serious issue. The gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Specialists offer diagnostic and treatment options in the Bala Cynwyd, Langhorne, and Philadelphia, PA, area for digestive problems and issues like acid reflux/GERD, Celiac Disease, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Stomach Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step in treating your stomach pain is to determine the underlying cause. If you are not sure if or when to see a doctor for stomach pain or other digestive symptoms, here are a few general guidelines to consider:
- Are you suffering from new or recurring symptoms like pain, heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, unexplained weight loss or changes in bowel habits?
- Do your symptoms last more than a week, or alleviate and then return again?
- Have you already been diagnosed with a digestive problem like colitis or Crohn's Disease?
- Is there blood in your stool?
- Are you experiencing stomach pain with other symptoms like fever or exhaustion and loss of appetite?
Depending on your symptoms and other factors, a gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy (a diagnostic test that uses an instrument equipped with a small light and camera that allows the doctor to see inside your esophagus and digestive tract).
Depending on your diagnosis and the underlying cause of your stomach pain, treatment might include lifestyle and diet modifications and medication.
If you are experiencing ongoing or chronic stomach pain that does not alleviate with conservative treatments or dietary changes, or is accompanied by other symptoms like fever, fatigue, or changes in bowel movements, it is important to see a gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. For more information, contact Gastrointestinal Specialists by calling 610-664-9700 to schedule an appointment in Bala Cynwyd, 215-632-3500 for Philadelphia, or 215-702-7090 for Langhorne.
Sometimes it's easy to guess what's causing your stomach to hurt: a large meal or the virus known as the stomach flu, for example. But ongoing abdominal pain can be distressing, particularly if you don't know what's causing it. The physicians at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Torresdale, Bucks and Bala Cynwyd, PA have extensive training in gastroenterology, the study of the digestive tract, to determine the cause of your stomach pain and how to resolve it. A few of the most common causes of stomach pain are listed here.
The inability to have a regular bowel movement is a common problem that affects most people at least one time in their lives. While the frequency of passing stool varies from person to person, constipation is typically defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week. As the stool hardens after this much time in the body, constipation can lead to stomach pain, swelling and even vomiting in some cases. After an exam, your Bala Cynwyd gastroenterologist will often recommend a diet change, including drinking more water and introducing fiber-rich foods into your meals. Laxatives can also help soften the stool and make them easier to pass.
When cholesterol or bodily fluids harden in the gallbladder, this creates gallstones. Most people don't know they have them until they block a bile duct, which causes pain in the upper abdomen and back, nausea, and heartburn. Gallstones are usually a result of a high-fat diet or a complication of diabetes or pregnancy. If you have gallstones, your Bala Cynwyd gastroenterologist may prescribe medicine to help break down the stones. You may also need surgery to remove the gallbladder altogether.
If a sore develops in the lining of the stomach or upper small intestine, it's called an ulcer. Many people with ulcers have a gnawing or burning pain in between meals which is temporarily quelled by eating. Diagnosed by your Bala Cynwyd gastroenterologist through imaging tests, ulcers can be treated by diet changes or medication. In some severe cases, surgery is needed.
If you're having stomach pain, we here at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Torresdale, Bucks and Bala Cynwyd, PA are here to help! Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
My Stomach Hurts! Should I See a Doctor?
Common causes of stomach pain
Most people, at one time or another, have experienced stomach pain commonly called a stomach ache. Stomach pain can be intermittent or continuous, and the pain can be sharp or dull, and everything in between. If your stomach hurts, it might be time to stop in and see your gastroenterologist in Bala Cynwyd, Dr. Geoffrey Braden.
Some of the main reasons you might feel stomach pain are from inflammation, intestinal problems or infection. You can also feel stomach pain if you have the flu, or are under a lot of stress. Sometimes pain is just one symptom. You might also experience constipation, diarrhea or vomiting. The pain can be in one spot (localized), or spread out (generalized).
Stomach pain can also happen from diseases including:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Crohn’s Disease (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Lactose Intolerance (can’t digest lactose, sugar found in milk and other dairy products)
- There are some things you can do at home to relieve stomach pain. You can try:
- A simple diet of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast (BRAT) for a day or two
- Taking small amounts of lemon or lime juice
- Eating food in smaller amounts
- Taking small amounts of baking soda
- Taking ginger or peppermint
- Licorice and chamomile tea
- Medications and antacids such as Pepto-Bismol and Zantac
It is important that you stop smoking and drinking alcohol. You should also avoid aspirin or NSAID medications until the doctor finds out what is causing your pain. These medications can cause bleeding and may make your symptoms or condition worse.
If you find that the stomach pain does not go away, you might need to see your gastroenterologist for a consultation. You should make an appointment if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- A fever greater than 101 degrees
- Vomiting blood or bloody stools
- Finding it hard to breathe
- Yellowing of your eyes and skin
- Swelling of your abdomen
- If pain is so bad you can’t sit still or need to curl up to get relief
The doctors of Gastrointestinal Specialists can help, so if you are having stomach pain, you owe to yourself to get some relief. Stop by for a quick consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Braden today!
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When Should I Visit my Gastroenterologist?
- Problems swallowing your food
- Severe heartburn and regurgitation of acid after eating
- Constipation that lasts for multiple days
- Reoccurring diarrhea
- Blood in the stool or leaking from the rectum
- Sudden weight loss