Abdominal Pain Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

From the agony of a stomach virus and painful flares of inflammatory bowel disease to the severe pain of an acute abdominal emergency, there are so many possible causes of abdominal pain that it takes gastrointestinal experts like the team at Triborough GI to accurately diagnose your problem. If you’re not sure whether your abdominal pain needs prompt medical care, call one of the offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Staten Island, New York. You can also schedule an appointment online to receive customized care for abdominal pain.

Abdominal Pain Q&A

What does my doctor need to know about my pain?

Abdominal pain is caused by a long list of potential health conditions. Your doctor must begin a quick assessment to whittle down the many possibilities and get to the cause of your pain.

At Triborough GI, the team begins by evaluating the location, type, severity, and frequency or duration of your pain. Although they understand you’re in pain, they rely on you to give them details about your symptoms.

For example, it helps them to know if your pain is dull, sharp, or burning, whether movement makes it hurt more, or if you feel nauseous. With this information, they can quickly evaluate your pain, order lab work or imaging tests, if needed, and determine your diagnosis.

What commonly causes abdominal pain?

These are a few of the most frequent causes of abdominal pain:

  • Stomach virus or food poisoning
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Gynecological disorders

There are also numerous inflammatory conditions that cause abdominal pain, such as diverticulitis, pancreatitis, gastritis, and appendicitis.

When you have upper abdominal pain, chances are it’s coming from your stomach, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. Pain in the middle of your abdomen usually originates in your small intestine or kidneys, while lower abdominal pain may involve your large intestine or organs like your bladder, uterus, and ovaries.

When should I see a doctor for abdominal pain?

Pain that develops quickly, called an “acute abdomen,” is usually the sign of a serious problem that needs immediate medical attention. As a general guideline, pain that’s sudden, sharp, or severe needs prompt medical care.

You should also see the doctor right away if you’re vomiting blood, your abdomen is hard and swollen, or you can’t move your bowels.

Call your doctor at Triborough GI when your abdominal pain is accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in your stool
  • Ongoing nausea and vomiting
  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Abdominal tenderness

You should also talk with your doctor at Triborough GI if your pain progressively worsens, or it increases with movement that’s not due to a muscle strain.

If you have questions about abdominal pain or you need to schedule an appointment, call Triborough GI or book an appointment online.