Abdominal Pain Treatment Q & A
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Abdominal Pain Q & A
What could be the reason you have abdominal pain?
Our abdomens have many functioning organs including our stomach, kidneys, liver, small and large intestines, spleen, gallbladder, and pancreas. We also have muscles, blood vessels, and connective tissues. That is why your abdominal pain may seem a little mysterious. Often times when we think of abdominal pain we relate it to just a stomach ache. However, there are so many complex functioning’s in this part of our body. Abdominal pain can be connected with something far different than just the stomach itself.
Your abdominal pain may be related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Acid Reflux, Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), food intolerances, Ulcers, Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the digestive tract lining), menstrual cramps, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), or a Bladder Infection. Other possible causes can include Appendicitis, Kidney Infection, food poisoning, Hernia, Cysts, or Parasites.
Are there treatments that might be recommended?
With such a variety of possibilities for your abdominal pain our compassionate and carefully trained doctors are going to spend time with you to understand exactly what your pain consists of. It is important for you to share with your doctor just what type of pain and related symptoms you are feeling. Is it a dull pain? An aching kind of pain? A stabbing or burning pain? Where do you feel your pain is specifically coming from? Are there any activities you engage in that lessen the pain? Are there daily activities that seem to make the pain feel worse? How long have you been experiencing this kind of pain? These are just a few sample questions that your doctor may have for you in order to determine the best treatment options for you.
After a thorough discussion regarding your pain, and/or abdominal sensitivity, your doctor may recommend further tests or exams to clearly identify where your abdominal pain is coming from. Your doctor may recommend a blood test, X-rays, or similar tests. However, it may be that based on your symptoms there are some immediate recommendations to bring you relief. These could include over the counter pain relievers, antacids, laxatives, or a prescription medication. Your doctor might also suggest changes in your diet to relieve some of your abdominal discomfort.
At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic our doctors understand just how painful and exhausting abdominal pain can be. Whatever the cause of your abdominal pain you can rest assured that our knowledgeable and caring doctors and medical staff at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic are dedicated to helping you to get the relief your body needs. Do not spend another minute suffering with an aching, painful abdomen. Stop by any one of our 5 convenient locations in the Portland metro area and let us help you get on the road to relief. Visit our website to find the clinic nearest you or call to make an appointment today.