Find Out When Pain in the Stomach Could Mean a Visit to the Doctor

When children feel pain in their abdomen and midsection, they often report a “tummy ache,” to mom or dad. As adults, we have a greater understanding of our anatomy, but often still associate discomfort in our midsection as a pain in the stomach. It’s possible, however, what you think might be pain originating from your stomach could actually be the result of gallbladder problems, hernias, colon issues, or other abdominal-area conditions.

At General & Vascular Surgery, our top-rated physicians are dedicated to finding the source of pain in the stomach area. Our surgeons and physicians are expert leaders in several types of conditions associated with stomach pain, such as hernia, colon, gallbladder and more. No matter what is causing your pain, GVS is here to help find a solution.

What Causes Pain in the Stomach Area? The Type of Pain May Explain

Between 5% and 10% of all emergency room visits are due to abdominal pain. When experiencing stomach pain, it’s helpful to help pinpoint (as best as possible) the location and type of discomfort. For example, our GVS physicians will help begin the diagnosis of pain in the stomach region based on the following:

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  • Upper middle abdominal pain
  • Right side abdominal pain
  • Left side abdominal pain
  • Persistent and consistent abdominal pain
  • Sharp stomach pain that comes and goes
  • Severe pain

In addition to evaluating the location and type of pain, your doctor will assess any other symptoms you may be experiencing, such as:

  • Fever
  • Urine that appears dark or contains blood
  • Stools that contain blood
  • Weight loss
  • Skin changes (yellowing)
  • Abdomen tenderness and/or swelling
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When Should You See a Doctor for Stomach Pain?

It’s important to seek medical attention if stomach pain is combined with any of the previously mentioned symptoms. Although pain in the stomach may simply be an indication of something as innocuous as gas, menstrual cramps, or indigestion, when pain is severe, persistent, and accompanied by additional symptoms, it could indicate a much more serious condition.

There are several potential and serious conditions associated with stomach pain when accompanied by one or more of the symptoms listed above, which include:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Hernia
  • Intestinal obstruction or impacted bowel
  • Gastritis
  • Chron’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Appendicitis

It’s important to note that this is an abbreviated list of possible conditions associated with stomach pain. That’s why it’s extremely important to consult with a professional healthcare provider, preferably one who specializes in gastrointestinal issues. With proper medical diagnosis and care, a medical expert can help provide the appropriate stomach pain relief treatment.

How Is Stomach Pain Treated?

Again, because of the vast possible conditions and disorders connected with pain in the stomach, treatment varies from patient to patient.

If your stomach problem is non-emergency related, your doctor may suggest a conservative treatment protocol that includes:

  • Stomach pain medicine
  • Meals that are small and consist of mild foods such as crackers, bananas, rice, and toast
  • Rest
  • Hydration (drinking plenty of water)

If your doctor diagnoses a more serious abdominal-related health condition, surgical intervention may be required.

No matter what diagnosis you receive related to stomach pain, GVS utilizes state-of-the-art technology and advanced approaches to treat your condition safely and effectively. Our physicians and surgeons also treat each and every patient with compassion, dignity, and respect, providing the best level of care possible.

Don’t remain in pain! It’s your time for the care you deserve with the trusted providers at General and Vascular Surgery. Set up your consultation now or call us any time at 574-236-1888.

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