03 Dec Causes And Treatment Of Abdominal Pain
Most of the time, when people experience abdominal pain, it is not serious and will go away on its own. In other cases, abdominal pain may be a sign that there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It can be difficult to determine whether the pain is something to be concerned over or a minor problem. The fact that abdominal pain is a symptom of so many different conditions makes it even more difficult to narrow down the reason for your pain.
In addition to there being different degrees of pain, there are also different types. You may have sharp, severe pain or mild stomach cramps. Having the ability to describe the type and severity of abdominal pain you experience will make it easier to have the condition diagnosed.
Some common causes of abdominal pain are:
• Flu or other stomach virus
• Lactose intolerance
• Menstrual cramps
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Urinary tract infection
When to Be Concerned
The type of abdominal pain and other symptoms that accompany it could mean a reason for concern. If you are running a fever, unable to keep food down for more than a couple of days, and are also unable to have a bowel movement, you should see your doctor. You should also be concerned if you experience painful or frequent urination, any area of the abdomen is tender to the touch, if the pain is the result of an injury and/or it lasts for more than a couple of days.
Some symptoms should be considered urgent and require immediate medical help. These include vomiting blood or having bloody stools, difficulty breathing, or experiencing pain when you are pregnant.
Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain
Since there are a number of causes of abdominal pain, a physical exam will be required to achieve an accurate diagnosis. The doctor will also ask you a number of questions about the type, location and circumstances surrounding your pain. The doctor will use the initial information obtained to determine what tests are needed to diagnose your case. You may undergo urine or stool tests, have blood tests, endoscopy, ultrasound, X-ray or CT scans.
Treatment for Abdominal Pain
The treatment used for your abdominal pain will be determined on the outcome of your evaluation. It may take multiple visits to the pain management doctors and a variety of tests before the exact cause of your condition is found.
Initially, pain medication may be used to provide you with pain relief until your condition is diagnosed and the appropriate treatment determined. Once the cause is determined, you may require antibiotics for an infection, muscle relaxants for cramps, or any of a variety of treatments pain doctors have at their disposal.
The Double Board Certified pain management doctors at Texas Pain Network in San Antonio offer non-invasive pain management with treatments that have a greater than 90% success rate. They treat simple and complicated pain problems on an individualized treatment plan that doesn’t require surgery.