Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain services offered in Homestead, FL

In most cases, abdominal pain is an acute symptom that resolves on its own without medical care. However, when your abdominal is severe or ongoing, board-certified gastroenterologist Sandra Rodriguez, MD, at DLW Gastro Clinic in Homestead, Florida, recommends scheduling a consultation. Certain types of abdominal pain are signs of underlying gastrointestinal conditions that benefit from expert care. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

I have crampy abdominal pain. Should I see a gastroenterologist?

Crampy abdominal pain is one of the types of pain you may experience with a gastrointestinal condition. However, this type of pain is usually from an acute condition like food poisoning and resolves on its own within 24 hours.

You should, however, see a gastroenterologist if your crampy pain lasts longer than a day and includes other symptoms like fever, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Other types of abdominal pain include:

Generalized pain

If your abdominal pain affects more than half of your belly, then you have generalized pain. This type of pain is often due to a stomach virus or indigestion.

Localized pain

Localized pain is pain you feel in only one part of the body, usually due to a problem with a specific organ. Lower left-sided abdominal pain, for example, may indicate appendicitis. 

Colicky pain

Colicky pain is severe pain that develops suddenly, lasts for a stretch of time, and then disappears. This type of pain may occur if you have kidney stones or gallstones.

What are some common causes of abdominal pain?

You can develop abdominal pain from any number of causes, including conditions that don’t involve the digestive system. Some of the common causes of abdominal pain include;

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Constipation
  • Food allergies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallstones

Women may experience abdominal pain from issues related to their reproductive organs, such as endometriosis or fibroids.

What happens during an abdominal pain evaluation?

You can expect a patient-centered evaluation when you visit DLW Gastro Clinic with concerns about abdominal pain. Your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam.

They may run diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a condition based on your symptoms, such as bloodwork, stool testing, endoscopy, or colonoscopy. 

What types of treatment do I need for abdominal pain?

Treatment for abdominal pain depends on the cause. The board-certified gastroenterologist at DLW Gastro Clinic talks to you about their findings and what steps you need to take to clear up or manage your pain.

Treatment for abdominal pain may include diet changes, exercise, stress management, or disease-specific medication. Some causes of abdominal pain go away without treatment, while others are chronic conditions that require ongoing medical management.

Call DLW Gastro Clinic or use the online booking button to find out what’s causing your abdominal pain.