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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!

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
February 21, 2017
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is a tricky subject when it comes to finding out its cause. However, pinpointing the reasons behind your abdominal abdominal paindiscomfort 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)
  • hernia
  • virus
  • kidney stones
  • gallstones
  • urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • appendicitis
  • constipation
  • food poisoning
  • allergies
  • 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!