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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain services offered in Wantagh, NY

An occasional mild stomachache isn’t too worrisome — but persistent or severe abdominal pain is a very different matter. That’s when you need help from the renowned physicians at Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists, with offices in North Wantagh, and South Wantagh, New York. The experienced gastroenterologists can evaluate, diagnose, and treat your condition in the office in most cases, so don’t wait any longer to get pain relief. Book your appointment online or call the nearest office now.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is a common issue, with causes ranging from chronic diseases to acute illnesses. Some of the gastrointestinal conditions that most often cause abdominal pain include: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcers
  • Diverticulitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Severe or sudden-onset abdominal pain may occur because of intestinal perforation, intestinal obstruction, severe infection, or other reasons. If you have abdominal pain lasting more than a few days, severe pain, or sudden pain, reach out to Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists as soon as possible.

How is the cause of abdominal pain diagnosed?

At Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists, your gastroenterologist performs a complete exam and reviews your medical history. They listen to your description of your symptoms and ask questions to determine what kind of tests you need. 

The exact area of your abdominal pain is important for making a diagnosis. Knowing whether your pain is in the upper or lower abdomen or which side it’s on helps your doctor determine which tests you need. That information may come from your feedback when they gently palpate various parts of your abdomen. 

Some common methods to diagnose abdominal pain include blood, urine, and stool tests. You may need an imaging test like an ultrasound, X-rays, or computed tomography (CT) scans. 

In certain cases, you may need a minimally invasive procedure like upper endoscopy or colonoscopy to find the cause of your abdominal pain. 

How is abdominal pain treated?

Because the causes of abdominal pain are so varied, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists customizes abdominal pain treatment according to your condition and health issues.

Depending on the specific cause of your pain, you might need antibiotics, acid-reducing drugs, pain-modifying medications, or other types of medication. You may need to make some diet and lifestyle changes, which can help to prevent abdominal pain related to conditions like IBS. 

With certain causes of abdominal pain, you may need surgery to correct serious problems inside your intestines or other affected tissues. For example, up to three-quarters of people with Crohn’s disease need surgery at some point. 

The providers at Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists work as a team to provide personalized attention, excellent continuity of care, and optimal results for every patient. Call the office nearest to you or click on the provided scheduling link to book your appointment with an expert gastroenterologist now.