Abdominal Pain Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Hicksville, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

Abdominal pain is common and affects almost everyone at some point during their life. Though most causes of abdominal pain aren’t serious health issues, it’s important to know when to seek medical care. The gastroenterology experts at Digestive Disease Care’s New York offices located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, and Hicksville in Long Island, and Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens, take a comprehensive approach using advanced diagnostic testing to identify the underlying cause of your abdominal pain. For an appointment, call one of the offices most convenient to you or use the online booking tool.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is a general term that refers to any discomfort you experience between your chest and groin, also referred to as your belly or stomach. 

Your abdominal pain symptoms may include:

Generalized pain

With generalized pain, your abdominal pain may involve almost half your body. Stomach viruses, gas, or indigestion are the primary causes of generalized abdominal pain. However, severe generalized pain may be signs of a blockage in your digestive tract.

Localized pain

Localized pain occurs in only one part of your belly and may indicate conditions that affect a specific organ, such as your gallbladder, appendix, or stomach.

Cramp-like pain

With cramp-like abdominal pain, you may experience gas and bloating, followed by diarrhea.  

Colicky pain

Colicky abdominal pain is a type of severe pain that develops and dissipates quickly. Gallstones and kidney stones often cause this type of pain.

What causes abdominal pain?

Your abdominal pain may develop from many causes. Common causes include:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies or intolerance
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel blockage
  • GERD
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcer
  • Gallstones
  • Liver disease
  • Celiac disease

Urinary tract infections, muscle strains, and gynecological conditions such as endometriosis or a ruptured cyst also cause abdominal pain. 

When should I seek medical attention for abdominal pain?

In most cases, abdominal pain isn’t a serious health concern and usually resolves on its own with at-home care. However, you should schedule an evaluation at Digestive Disease Care if you’re:

  • Unable to pass stool
  • Vomiting blood
  • Passing bloody stools
  • Pain is sharp and sudden
  • Experiencing a loss of appetite
  • Suffering from prolonged diarrhea

You should also schedule a consultation with the gastroenterology experts if your abdominal pain has been ongoing, even if the pain comes and goes. 

What happens during an abdominal pain evaluation?

The experienced gastroenterology team at Digestive Disease Care takes a comprehensive approach to diagnose the underlying cause of your abdominal pain. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and performs a physical exam.

To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, the team may recommend diagnostic testing such as:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Stool testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Esophageal pH monitoring
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Once the team determines the underlying cause of your abdominal pain, they develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs. 

For comprehensive care for your abdominal pain, contact Digestive Disease Care by phone or online today.