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Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and pelvic region and can range from a minor problem to one needing urgent attention. Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan at Gwinnett Digestive Clinic in Lawrenceville, GA, offers the latest treatments for gastrointestinal conditions.

1. Constipation

Constipation is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain. Being constipated means you have hard stools or your bowel movements occur less often than normal. Chronic constipation is the difficult passage of stools or infrequent bowel movements that persists for several weeks or longer.

2. Indigestion

Indigestion can cause abdominal pain. Indigestion is a condition of impaired digestion. Symptoms may include belching, nausea, abdominal fullness, heartburn, or upper abdominal pain. For most people, it is the result of eating too much, eating too fast, or eating high-fat foods. 

3. Stomach Flu

Gastroenteritis — often called stomach flu— is an intestinal infection caused by viruses. The symptoms of gastroenteritis may include abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, low-grade fever, or headache. The sickness usually passes in about 10 days without treatment.

4. Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. Common symptoms of Crohn's disease include diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal pain. Crohn's disease can sometimes cause life-threatening complications.

5. IBS 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, excess gas, constipation, and bloating. Doctors aren’t sure what causes IBS. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long-term. If you have IBS, your doctor can help you find the right treatment plan.

6. Peptic Ulcers 

Peptic ulcers are painful sores in the stomach lining or the upper part of the small intestine. Common symptoms of a peptic ulcer include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, burping, and heartburn. Most ulcers can be treated with prescription medication, but in rare cases, surgery may be required. 

7. Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to fully digest lactose (sugar) in dairy products. Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and bloating. Gasterontologists make a diagnosis of lactose intolerance based on medical history, a physical exam, and medical tests. 

Say goodbye to your abdominal pain. Call Gwinnett Digestive Clinic at 678-377-8252 today to schedule an appointment in Lawrenceville, GA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available!

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