Abdominal Pain Gastroenterologist NYC | Abdominal Pain / Stomach Pain GI Doctor NYC
Abdominal pain (stomach pain) has a large number of causes and should be investigated by a top gastroenterologist. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic and can be caused by issues relating to the stomach, appendix, gallbladder, spleen, bowel, liver and gynecological issues. Occasionally, pain can be felt in the abdomen but is referred from organs close to the abdomen such as the lower lungs, kidneys or gynecological structures. It is therefore important to see a gastroenterologist, such as the NYC board certified gastroenterologist Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, for an examination and further investigation to understand the cause of your pain.
If you’re suffering from abdominal pain in Manhattan or in one of the other boroughs, your abdominal pain can be a mild inconvenience treatable with over-the-counter remedies, or it can be a sign of a serious illness that deserves immediate attention by a best in class gastroenterologist. How can you know which it is?
The first step is to stay calm. Ask yourself these simple questions:
- Is it a mild stomach ache or is the pain severe?
- Is the pain localized or do you feel it throughout your midsection?
- Do you have difficulty swallowing?
- Are you also experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, constipation or fever?
- Did you notice any blood in your stool or in your vomit (if applicable)?
- Is your abdomen bloated or particularly sensitive to touch?
- Are you in so much pain that you believe you need to see a GI doctor?
Causes of Abdominal Pain
Most often, abdominal pain does not signal a medical emergency. The list of potential causes of abdominal pain is long and includes the following:
- Bile duct inflammation (cholangitis)
- Bladder, kidney or spleen infection
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Excessive gas and bloating
- Food allergies
- Food or lead poisoning
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gluten intolerance (Celiac disease)
- Heightened ketone levels (diabetic ketoacidosis)
- Inflammation of the abdominal lining (peritonitis)
- Inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis)
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Inflammation of the small intestine (duodenitis)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
- Intestinal obstruction
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney disease (uremia)
- Kidney stones
- Lactose intolerance
- Large intestine inflammation (diverticulitis)
- Less blood to the intestines (mesenteric ischemia)
- Liver disease (hepatitis)
- Lymphatic cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma)
- Ruptured spleen
- Sickle cell anemia
- Stomach lining inflammation (gastritis)
- Stomach virus or flu
- Strained, pulled, or injured abdominal muscle
- Swollen lymph nodes (mesenteric lymphadenitis)
- Torn or punctured colon
- Urinary tract infection
Women must add other potential causes to the list:
- Fallopian tube inflammation (salpingitis)
- A fertilized egg outside your uterus (ectopic pregnancy)
- Infection of your reproductive organs (pelvic inflammatory disease)
- Menstrual cramps
- Ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovulation pain (mittelschmerz)
- Tissue growing outside your uterus (endometriosis)
Diagnosing Abdominal Pain
If your pain is localized, its location (high or low, left or right, front or back) can help narrow down the cause. The duration and intensity of the pain can also point your GI doctor to a likely cause. Associated symptoms, such as diarrhea or fever, also signal particular causes.
When you come to consultation to the Upper East Side NYC office Dr. Khodadadian will review your medical history and symptoms before performing a comprehensive examination. If necessary, he will order tests on your blood, urine and/or stool. In some cases, he will prescribe an X-ray, a CT scan or even an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel capsule or other medical diagnostic procedure.
Determining the correct diagnosis means you will get the correct care. Any doctor can treat your symptoms, but only an expert gastroenterologist like Dr. Khodadadian can pinpoint the reason for your pain and take steps to treat it at its source.
Treating Abdominal Pain
Treating abdominal pain depends on an accurate diagnosis by the GI doctor. A stomach ache, for example, may require only an antacid. Cancer, on the other hand, requires extensive and invasive treatment delivered over several months.
Treatment options normally range from avoiding certain foods, to anti-inflammatory medications, to antibiotics, and to surgery. To find out more about your specific treatment options, come in for an office visit so Dr. Khodadadian can determine an accurate diagnosis. Once he knows the cause of your abdominal pain, he can discuss your options for treating it.
Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained gastroenterologistss like Dr. Khodadadian can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
As a best in class NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations in NYC.
For more information about the GI conditions we treat including stomach pain (abdominal pain) or to schedule a consultation with the (gastroenterologist) GI doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadidan, please contact our NYC office.
Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028