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By Daniel J Alpert MD
December 31, 2020
Category: GI Health

Most individuals feel some kind of pain or discomfort in their abdomen from time to time. The most common type of abdominal pain is a bellyache or stomachache, which will happen to everyone at some time in their lives. In most of these cases, stomach pain can be alleviated with at-home care.

However, if you’re experiencing severe stomach pain that comes with other worrying symptoms, it’s best to consult with Dr. Daniel Alpert, your New York, NY, gastroenterologist, here at Daniel J. Alpert, M.D.

What Exactly is Stomach Pain?

Stomach pain is typically felt in the portion of the trunk just under the ribs and above your groin and pelvis. The intensity could range from a mild, annoying ache to extremely severe and disabling pain that people can’t help but clutch their belly, double over, and/or feel dizzy or nauseated.

Although you can’t really feel the actual workings of your stomach, the pain usually manifests when the normal functioning of tissues and organs found inside the abdomen, including your small intestine, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas, spleen, and gallbladder, is disrupted. But while stomach pain is not normal, it’s also not necessarily a serious issue, and usually goes away without medical treatment.

Treating Stomach Pain with Help From Your Gastroenterologist

As with most health problems, the treatment options for stomach pain will depend on what’s causing it. Treatments could range from lifestyle and behavior modifications to medications that combat inflammation. However, if your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, suspects a hernia, appendicitis, or other serious condition, diagnostic tests will be needed to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Surgery may likewise be required. Common stomach pain treatments include:

  • OTC pain medications
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medicines and/or medications for general pain, ulcers, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Low-dose anti-depressants
  • Antibiotic therapy for infections
  • Behavioral modifications such as eliminating specific drinks, beverages, or habits, like smoking and drinking alcohol, that contributes to stomach pain
  • Surgical intervention to get rid of infected organs, hernia, or obstructions

Eating healthy, exercising, and refraining from excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can likewise help minimize the chances of you experiencing certain stomach pains. Additionally, good hygiene, particularly hand-washing to avoid foods and materials that may be contaminated by bacteria or viruses, will aid in lowering your risk of developing conditions due to infectious causes.

Need Relief From Stomach Pain? Reach Out to Us

Schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, Dr. Daniel Alpert of Daniel J. Alpert, M.D. by dialing (212) 599-7910.

By Daniel J Alpert MD
December 14, 2020
Category: GI Health
Tags: Gastroenterologist  

A lot of people are guilty of taking their digestive systems for granted. They often don’t really pay attention to that particular system until they experience nausea, cramps, gas, constipation, or diarrhea. But when these problems start to affect their daily life, it’s time to visit your gastroenterologist in New York, NY, Dr. Daniel Alpert of Daniel J. Alpert, M.D.

Generally speaking, gastroenterologists are doctors that specialize in diagnosing, managing, and treating a host of digestive tract conditions. Learn more below about how having a gastroenterologist can benefit you.

Gastroenterologists Are Digestive Tract Detectives That Also Do Hands-On Tasks

For most doctors, their work usually revolves around investigating, asking questions, and evaluating diagnostic test results. For surgeons, they focus on operative and procedural hands-on work. Gastroenterologists, however, can do the procedural and clinical aspects of medicine.

Gastroenterologists Can Treat Acute and Chronic Digestive Tract Problems

Besides treating common acute digestive tract issues like constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and heartburn, gastroenterologists likewise treat chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and IBD or irritable bowel syndrome, among others. With chronic digestive tract diseases, having the guidance of your New York, NY gastroenterologist will help ensure effective and consistent treatment of your disease.

Gastroenterologists Help You Prevent Colon Cancer and Other Cancers

Unlike other cancers like prostate or breast cancer, most digestive tract cancers begin as benign lesions in the form of polyps. These grow from the colon’s lining and could turn malignant or cancerous. Fortunately, polyps can be detected through a colonoscopy and even removed in the same procedure, depending on the patient’s specific circumstances.

Also, gastroenterologists can spot mucosal changes in the esophagus that could tell them whether a person is at risk for developing esophageal cancer so that proper interventions are implemented as early as possible.

You Can Also Count On Your Gastroenterologist For Emergencies

If an ulcer suddenly bleeds or you’re experiencing symptoms of an appendix that’s going to rupture inevitably, your gastroenterologist can come in and stop your condition from becoming worse. You can also count on your gastroenterologist to remove a bowel obstruction or something blocking your throat, both of which could be fatal if not treated as soon as possible.

For Any Concerns, Questions, or Information About Your Digestive System, Get In Touch With Us

Call your New York, NY, gastroenterologist here at Daniel J. Alpert, M.D., Dr. Daniel Alpert at (212) 599-7910 to arrange a consultation.