Everyone has a bellyache every now and then, but chronic or severe abdominal pain is an entirely different matter. In these cases, it’s best to seek the counsel of gastroenterologist Indran Indrakrishnan, MD, at Gwinnett Digestive Clinic, PC in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Armed with the latest diagnostic and treatment tools, Dr. Indrakrishnan can help patients find much-needed relief from abdominal pain. To get started, book an appointment online or over the phone.
Abdominal pain can be caused by numerous problems, from eating something that upsets your stomach to ulcers. Further complicating matters is the fact that you may feel pain in your abdomen that’s unrelated to your digestive tract.
That said, the most common causes of persistent abdominal pain include:
Abdominal pain is an incredibly broad symptom that may be caused by problems in your kidneys, gallbladder, female reproductive organs or appendix. In some cases, it can even be a sign of a heart attack.
If your abdominal pain is acute and severe, seek emergency care right away. If your abdominal pain is moderate and persistent, and it’s accompanied by bloody stool or nausea, you should make an appointment with Dr. Indrakrishnan as soon as possible.
Dr. Indrakrishnan will first review your symptoms. Your symptoms are very important in helping Dr. Indrakrishnan begin his search for the underlying cause of your abdominal pain. You should take note of where and when the pain strikes, any accompanying symptoms — like blood in your stool — and the type of pain you’re experiencing. All of this information will help Dr. Indrakrishnan narrow his focus.
After reviewing your medical history and collecting any samples he may need for analysis, Dr. Indrakrishnan may recommend an endoscopy or colonoscopy in order to get a better look at what’s going on inside your digestive system. During either of these procedures, Dr. Indrakrishnan will use tiny instruments mounted with lighted cameras, which he will thread through your digestive system to look for possible problems.
The answer to this question depends on what Dr. Indrakrishnan finds during his diagnostic evaluation. Once he identifies the underlying cause of your abdominal pain, he will aim to relieve your immediate pain and treat the root problem for long-lasting relief.
If you’d like to uncover the source of your abdominal pain and find relief, call Gwinnett Digestive Clinic, PC or book an appointment online.