Abdominal pain is a tricky subject when it comes to finding out its cause. However, pinpointing the reasons behind your abdominal discomfort is essential in coming up with a successful and effective treatment plan. Find out more about what could cause your abdominal pain with Dr. Melvin Bullock with offices in Roswell, Suwanee and Atlanta, GA.
Common Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain comes from many sources ranging from mild to severe. Some common causes of abdominal pain include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- kidney stones
- urinary tract infection (UTI)
- food poisoning
- lactose intolerance
When should I see my gastroenterologist?
If you experience abdominal pain which is very severe or worsens quickly within a short period of time, you should contact your gastroenterologist for an examination. Additionally, if pain which lasts for a long period of time, goes away and comes back, or bowel movements change significantly, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If your stomach feels painful to the touch, you have bloody or sticky stools, are unable to urinate, have trouble breathing, or your pain comes on suddenly and severely, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Abdominal Pain Treatments in Roswell, Suwanee and Atlanta, GA
Treating abdominal pain varies depending on your diagnosis. In order for your doctor to successfully provide a diagnosis, you will need to have a physical examination and, if necessary, some testing to pinpoint the cause of your abdominal pain. Treatments may begin conservatively with over-the-counter medications or dietary changes. However, for more severe symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medications. Some cases require surgery to repair the problem. Your gastroenterologist can help you determine the best course of treatment for you and your abdominal pain.
For more information on abdominal pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Melvin Bullock in Roswell, Suwanee and Atlanta, GA to schedule your appointment!