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Symptoms as common as constipation or indigestion can trigger abdominal pain. And although a bellyache usually isn’t always something to get alarmed about, its exact location may be able to provide more information about how serious it could be. However, any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Where Does Your Abdominal Pain Occur?

First, let’s define the location of abdominal pain. The area of your abdomen covers a lot of space and many organs, from your appendix and gallbladder to your heart and large intestine.
If your pain radiates down from your chest, where it feels like heartburn, it may be a sign that you are having a heart attack. If this symptom is accompanied by a shortness of breath and lightheadedness, seek medical attention immediately. Time counts!  Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

If your abdominal pain is localized to one spot, especially if it’s on one side or another, it may be a sign that one of your organs are creating problems. Contact or make an appointment with your doctor right away. Pinpointing the exact location can help your physician diagnose your problem if it’s appendicitis or a gallbladder issue.  You should contact your doctor or a New York City gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Severe Is Your Abdominal Pain?

Most abdominal pain isn’t severe. An upset stomach, for example, may cause some pain for a couple hours before your body works it out. Cramping pain, on the other hand, is usually the result of bloating and gas, which can be food-related. If you suffer diarrhea with your pain, it may be just a sign that your body is ridding itself of something you ingested. Diarrhea can be  serious if it it persists. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

If your pain is severe and comes in waves — starting and stopping repeatedly — it may be a sign of kidney stones or other issues. Although usually not life-threatening, kidney stones can result in debilitating pain. Contact your doctor. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Long Have You Had Your Abdominal Pain?

Indigestion, gas or bloating usually doesn’t linger. It strikes while your digestive system is dealing with the offending food items and then it passes after that food is digested or passed through to your large intestine. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

You should see a gastroenterologist or digestive system doctor, like our doctors at manhattan gastroenterology if you are taking an antacid daily to alleviate your heartburn. Relying on antacids is not a proper solution and can cause other health conditions.

If you are experiencing abdominal pain for any prolonged period of time, even if it’s not severe, consult your digestive doctor. Pain should never linger!

Most importantly, this article is only meant as a guide, not as a self-diagnostic tool. When in doubt, your rule of thumb should be to consult a digestive system doctor or gastroenterologist. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Our doctors at Manhattan Gastroenterology are  New York City Gastroenterologists that specializes in the treatment of abdominal pain. Contact us for more information.

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The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.