Almost everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time, but symptoms that persist or negatively impact your overall quality of life could point to a more serious problem like Crohn’s or diverticular disease. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace and Palos Heights, Illinois, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain. To make your appointment, call or click the online booking tool today.
Abdominal, or belly pain, is any type of irritation or discomfort that affects the area below your ribs and above your pelvis. Your abdominal area contains a number of organs, including your stomach, liver, gallbladder, and intestines.
Abdominal pain can occur suddenly and present acute symptoms or occur over a long period of time and become chronic. Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain include:
You might also experience abdominal pain as a result of food poisoning or eating too much.
The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group diagnoses abdominal pain by performing a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and asking you about your symptoms. Your provider might also ask you where your pain is located, how severe it is, and if you’ve noticed any potential triggers such as foods or activities.
If an exam isn’t enough to pinpoint the source of your discomfort, your provider might also recommend diagnostic imaging, blood work, or a colonoscopy.
The treatment for abdominal pain depends on the source and severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group uses conservative, noninvasive methods of care. For example, if your abdominal pain is the result of food allergies or intolerance, your doctor might recommend eating a less acidic diet.
For more serious problems such as gallstones or stomach cancer, prescription medications, chemotherapy, or surgical intervention may be necessary. Following your exam, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider develops a treatment plan for your individual situation.
Most abdominal pain subsides on its own with conservative measures of care such as rest and over-the-counter medications. However, if you experience acute abdominal pain suddenly, and you experience other troubling symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or a fever, you should seek medical help right away.
Chronic abdominal pain that lasts for more than two weeks also requires medical attention as does any abdominal pain associated with weight loss or bloody stools.
Don’t let abdominal pain prevent you from living your best life. Make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group by calling or clicking the online booking tool today.