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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
November 15, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Stomach Pain  

Are you suffering from stomach pain? Has it become intolerable?stomach pain

There are a variety of reasons as to why you may be suffering from stomach pain but it's not something that you should have to live with. If you want to stop the pain, contact your New York, NY, gastroenterologist, Dr. Daniel Alpert, who can help you.

What is Stomach Pain?

Stomach pain is not uncommon and almost everyone feels it at some point in their life. Usually, stomach pain isn't harmful, but that most certainly is not always the case. While diagnosing and treating simple problems isn't difficult, when it comes to the serious cases, you need to recognize their symptoms to know when to call your gastroenterologist.

Red Flag Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent constipation
  • Blood in the stools
  • Persistent nausea
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Vomiting blood
  • Severe tenderness of the belly
  • Jaundice, which is the yellow discoloration of skin
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Most Common Causes of Stomach Pain:

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach virus
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies
  • Gas
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ulcer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Kidney stones
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Appendicitis

Screening and Diagnosis:

  • Blood Tests, which consists of a complete blood count.
  • X-ray and Imaging Tests, which are used to take pictures of the interior of your body.
  • Endoscopy, which is a special, flexible instrument that gives doctors an image of your digestive tract.

If you are suffering from stomach pain, or have any questions or concerns, you should contact Dr. Daniel Alpert. Just call his New York, NY office at (212) 599-7910 today to schedule an appointment.