Abdominal pain is the sensation of pressure or discomfort in the abdominal area. The abdominal area is generally considered to be “lower” if it is below the umbilicus or in the pelvis area and considered to be “upper” if it is above the umbilicus but below the lower margin of the ribs. Abdominal pain can be short lived (acute) or occur over extended periods of time (chronic). Occasional abdominal pain is very common.
When should I call my Doctor about Abdominal Pain in Plano TX?
If the pain is severe, persistent, recurrent, or associated with other symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, fevers, jaundice, or gastrointestinal bleeding), medical attention should be sought. For those in the Plano, TX area, you can call my office at 972-867-0019 to schedule an appointment.
How is Abdominal Pain Treated in Plano TX?
The treatment of abdominal pain is completely dependent upon the etiology of the pain. Treatment can be wide ranging and include: dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, medications, endoscopic intervention, or surgery.
Common Causes of Abdominal Pain in Plano TX
Typically abdominal pain is caused by inflammation. However, potential causes can vary. It is helpful to think about abdominal pain in terms of its location – lower, upper and pain that is generalized (not in one specific area).
A few of the more prevalent conditions causing lower abdominal pain are:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Bladder infection
- Kidney stones
A few of the more prevalent conditions causing upper abdominal pain are:
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Non-ulcer stomach pain (gastritis, dyspepsia, etc.)
A few of the more prevalent conditions causing more generalized abdominal pain are:
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Bowel obstruction
Physicians determine the cause of the abdominal pain by one or a combination of the following:
- Results of a physical examination
- Characteristics of the pain and history
- Lab tests
- Imaging (such as Ultrasound, X-Ray, CT, MRI, etc.)
- Endoscopic testing
Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical condition