Abdominal pain is expected from time to time, but chronic (ongoing) or severe abdominal pain can indicate a serious problem with your health. In Cary, North Carolina, board-certified gastroenterologist Valli Kodali, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, and his exceptional team find the root cause of abdominal pain and treat it to give you the relief you seek. Call the Park Gastroenterology office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
Abdominal pain is a feeling of discomfort in your abdomen — places in and around your stomach and pelvis. Abdominal pain can feel like:
Abdominal pain can be mild, moderate, or severe and can come and go. It sometimes disappears on its own without treatment. But it could be the symptom of a more severe problem.
Many things can contribute to abdominal pain, including:
Because many causes of abdominal pain are serious, see Dr. Kodali and his team for an evaluation at the first sign of ongoing or severe discomfort.
To find the root cause of abdominal pain, Dr. Kodali discusses your symptoms in detail and reviews your medical history. He checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and could recommend urine tests, stool tests, blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds. He might complete a colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, or diagnostic laparoscopy.
Common treatments available at Park Gastroenterology for abdominal pain include:
Making lifestyle changes, like getting regular exercise, sleeping at least seven hours each night, eating healthy foods, and not smoking or drinking alcohol excessively can reduce your risk of abdominal discomfort and other pain. Reducing stress and anxiety can help too.
Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications can reduce abdominal or pelvic discomfort and the causes of these symptoms.
If you have a gastrointestinal issue or, in women, a gynecological problem, surgery is sometimes the best way to treat the underlying cause of your abdominal pain.
Don’t let abdominal pain take away from your enjoyment of life when simple treatments can relieve your discomfort. Call the Park Gastroenterology office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.