Abdominal pain can be caused by benign issues like upset stomach or gas to more severe causes like cholecystitis or appendicitis. Prestige Emergency Room is a top-ranked provider of abdominal pain treatment, using state-of-the-art technology for abdominal pain diagnosis to determine the causes of pain in patients of all ages.
What causes abdominal pain?
Belly pain can have many causes, some of which are relatively benign and others that can be quite serious. Some of the more common causes of abdominal pain include:
- Stomach virus or stomach “flu”
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Food allergies or sensitivities
- Food poisoning
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Gallbladder disease or gallstones
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Kidney or liver problems
- Indigestion or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Because stomach and belly pain can be caused by so many underlying issues, having a medical exam at the first signs of pain is very important for stomach pain diagnosis, ensuring the most abdominal treatment and care is provided so more serious conditions can be prevented.
How can I tell if my belly pain indicates something serious?
Serious belly pain requires prompt medical attention and is often accompanied by symptoms like:
- Bloody stools (or stools that appear sticky and dark)
- Sharp, stabbing or persistent pain that remains constant or occurs in waves
Belly pain that develops after an injury can be a sign of internal bleeding or other injury and should be evaluated right away.
How is abdominal pain diagnosed and treated?
Abdominal pain diagnosis begins with a thorough review of symptoms and a physical exam, including palpation (gentle pressure) to determine where the pain is coming from. Blood tests, urinalysis, ultrasound and other diagnostic tests and evaluations may also be ordered. When pain is severe or chronic, a CT scan may be conducted to obtain images of the inside of the organs of the abdomen. Once the underlying cause is determined, abdominal pain treatment may include medication to fight infection, to reduce pain and inflammation, to control diarrhea or constipation, or to manage the production of stomach acid. When a serious underlying issue is identified like a hernia or appendicitis, surgery may be required.