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Common Causes of Abdominal Pain and When to Seek Help
By Melvin D. Bullock MD
April 23, 2018
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

What your gastroenterologist in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta wants you to know about Abdominal Painabdominal pain

Abdominal pain can strike without warning, and when it does, it can keep you from enjoying your life. So, what’s causing your abdominal pain? Should you see a doctor? These are both excellent questions. Dr. Melvin Bullock wants to share the facts about abdominal pain and when you need to seek out your gastroenterologist. He has three convenient office locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA, to help you feel better.

Abdominal pain can be acute, chronic, or progressive. The sudden onset of acute abdominal pain symptoms can be caused by:

  • Appendicitis, cystitis, or diverticulitis
  • Bladder or kidney infection or kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis or peritonitis
  • Urinary tract infection or gastroenteritis

Causes of chronic, recurrent abdominal pain include:

  • Celiac disease or gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hiatal or inguinal hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Peptic ulcer or ulcerative colitis

Progressive abdominal pain that gets worse over time can be caused by:

  • Crohn’s disease or hepatitis
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Cancers including kidney, pancreatic, stomach, gallbladder, or liver

These are just a few of the common causes of abdominal pain. There are many others. It’s important to know when to seek out professional help from your gastroenterologist. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience:

  • Severe pain or fever
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Bloody stools
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness to touch
  • Yellowing skin

Dr. Bullock may suggest several screening methods to determine the cause of your abdominal pain. Common recommended procedures include an endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or abdominal ultrasound.

Abdominal pain can indicate a serious medical condition. That’s why it’s important to seek out medical care from your gastroenterologist. Early diagnosis results in early treatment which can lead to a better outcome. For more information about abdominal pain and other gastroenterology issues, call Dr. Bullock, with offices in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Call today!

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