When stabbing, persistent pain in your abdomen keeps you awake at night or makes you unable to function during the day, you need the expertise of a board-certified gastroenterologist. Fortunately, the skilled team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC offers a variety of advanced diagnostic options at their two practice locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as many treatment options based on your specific needs. Don’t let abdominal pain slow you down any longer. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office or booking online today.
Some conditions can result in persistent abdominal pain. Acute abdominal pain typically develops over several hours or days and may be the result of infection, constipation, or an intestinal blockage.
Causes of chronic abdominal pain lasting two weeks or more may include:
Because there are so many potential causes of abdominal pain, it’s essential that you get an accurate diagnosis from Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC as soon as possible.
You should seek immediate medical treatment if other symptoms accompany your abdominal pain, such as:
These symptoms may indicate you have a serious condition that needs treatment right away.
Your Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC provider initially reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to determine what may be causing your pain. They check your abdomen for tenderness and assess the severity and location of your pain.
It’s important to honestly discuss what kind of pain you’re experiencing, such as a persistent, stabbing pain or a dull ache. Different types of pain indicate different things and can help your provider reach an accurate diagnosis.
Many times an examination alone can reveal potential causes of pain, but your provider may request additional testing based on your exam results. These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, or imaging tests such as an ultrasound.
Your gastroenterologist may also recommend an endoscopy procedure to get a closer look at the internal structures of your digestive system. This test may reveal inflammation or infection that’s causing your pain.
Based on the results of your physical examination and testing, your physician creates a custom treatment plan to address underlying medical issues and resolve your abdominal pain.
Treatment may involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate pain, inflammation, and other symptoms you’re experiencing.
If a chronic condition such as Crohn’s disease is the cause of your pain, your Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC physician can provide you with resources to manage your symptoms for the long term.
To learn more about the causes of abdominal pain and your treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book one online today.