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Knowing when to call your Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologists at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates can help you avoid unnecessary suffering or even serious health complications. Your doctor can determine the source of your abdominal pain and provide treatments that will relieve your symptoms. Learn more by contacting our office in East Patchogue NY.

Should I call the doctor?

Have you been telling yourself that your pain will go away if you just give it one more hour or day? Abdominal pain is a warning sign that lets you know that something isn't quite right with your gastrointestinal system. Ignoring your symptoms may make your condition more difficult to treat or cause you to become very sick.

It's important to call the Suffolk County gastroenterology office if you notice any of these signs or symptoms:

  • You've had mild or dull pain for a week or longer or moderate pain for a day or two.
  • You have a fever in addition to abdominal pain.
  • You have abdominal pain and have been losing weight even though you aren't on a diet.
  • It hurts to urinate.
  • You have pain and bloating that's last more than a few days.
  • Your pain is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody stools.
  • You've been vomiting blood.
  • Your pain started after an abdominal injury.

If you've never had this type of pain before, even if it's mild, or can't sleep or eat because of your pain, don't wait to call your gastroenterologist.

When to visit the emergency room

Go to the emergency room if you are having trouble breathing, have severe abdominal or chest pain, or are unable to have a bowel movement. Other signs and symptoms of an emergency include yellow skin, abdominal swelling, frequent nausea, vomiting, or pain when you press on your abdomen.

What causes abdominal pain?

Many diseases and conditions can cause pain in the abdomen. Your pain could be caused by:

  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • A urinary tract infection
  • Appendicitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • A ruptured aorta
  • Diverticular disease
  • Food poisoning
  • An intestinal blockage
  • A viral or bacterial infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • A hernia
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Cancer

Your gastroenterologist will recommend a treatment plan based on the cause of your pain. Treatment may include antibiotics and other medications, dietary changes, intravenous fluids, surgery, or other treatments.

Do you have abdominal pain? Schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologists in Suffolk County, NY, in East Patchogue NY at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates by calling (631) 289-0300.

By Ravi Singh, MD
July 13, 2020
Category: GI Care
Tags: Abdominal Pain  

Abdominal pain is drastically uncomfortable for you and sometimes difficult for your doctor to pinpoint and understand. At Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, NY, your seven gastroenterologists help patients with a wide variety of conditions which cause this trying discomfort. Here's information on the causes.

What, where and how long?

When you visit your physician in Suffolk County about your abdominal pain be sure to tell him:

  • Where your pain is located (the abdomen is divided into four sections or quadrants--upper right and left, lower right and left)
  • When it started and what, if anything, may relieve it (is it constant or intermittent?)
  • What it feels like (burning, stabbing, cramping)

Also, tell your doctor about any accompanying symptoms such as fever (101.5 or higher in an adult requires medical treatment), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, bleeding, or tarry stools. Does changing position, eating or antacids help?

Typically, sudden abdominal discomfort is more concerning than chronic pain spread out over several weeks. Tell your doctor if your abdominal pain radiates to another part of your body, including your shoulder or buttocks.

Causes of abdominal pain

To determine the cause of your abdominal pain, your gastroenterologist at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County will order blood work, focusing especially on your white blood cell and red blood cell count as indicators of infection, inflammation and bleeding. Also, they'll examine enzyme levels, such as lipase. You may need imaging tests such as an MRI, CT scan, barium X-ray or colonoscopy.

Possible causes of abdominal pain vary in seriousness. Unfortunately, they comprise about eight percent of hospital emergency room visits in the United States, reports American Family Physician. They can include:

  • Pregnancy and menstruation
  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn's Disease
  • Cholecystitis, an inflammation and blockage of the gallbladder and common bile duct
  • Gastritis, or the common stomach flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Ulcers
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney stones

Fortunately, many reasons for belly pain can be eliminated with dietary changes and/or medication. Your GI specialist will work with you to determine what steps are necessary to manage or eliminate your specific problem.

Find out more

At Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, your professional team has your best interests in mind as they sort through your abdominal pain symptoms and arrive at a treatment plan which works. Call the office in Patchogue, NY, for a friendly and helpful consultation. We want you to be healthy and feel your best. Phone (631) 289-0300.