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Abdominal Pain Specialist

GI Physicians Inc.

Gastroenterologists located in Lima, OH

Stomach aches are so ordinary that many people think abdominal pain isn’t a cause for concern. But if you regularly experience pain in your abdomen — especially if it gets in the way of your ability to enjoy your day — don’t wait to talk to the team at GI Physicians Inc. At their office in Lima, Ohio, Ven Kottapalli, MD, CNSP, and the team diagnose and treat a wide range of abdominal pain. To get started and get relief, call the office, or request an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What are the different types of abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is an umbrella term used to describe discomfort anywhere between your groin and your chest. Something as simple as indigestion after a rich meal or more severe conditions like ulcers and appendicitis can cause this condition. 

Your pain might be generalized, meaning you feel it throughout your abdomen, or localized, meaning you feel it in one specific area. It can feel like a cramp, a sharp or stabbing pain, or pain that comes in waves. 

When you make an appointment at GI Physicians Inc., your provider asks you a series of questions to help you describe your abdominal pain. That way, they can get closer to identifying what’s causing it. 

What causes abdominal pain?

Part of the problem with abdominal pain is that it has a wide range of causes. Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain include:

  • Indigestion
  • Appendicitis
  • Constipation
  • Food intolerance
  • Flu
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chron’s disease
  • Ulcers
  • Kidney stones

The causes of abdominal pain range in severity. Even mild stomach pain can be a sign of a serious condition like colon cancer. 

When should I call a doctor about abdominal pain?

If your abdominal pain lasts more than 48 hours, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your GI Physicians Inc. provider. Pain that worsens over time, along with the following symptoms are cause for getting in touch with your doctor:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Unexplained weight loss

Your GI Physicians Inc. provider works with you to identify the cause of your stomach pain. 

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

The team at GI Physicians Inc. has a wide range of diagnostic tools to determine the cause of your abdominal pain. That way, they can apply a treatment that brings you relief. Some of those diagnostic tools may include:

  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy with PillCam™
  • Anorectal manometry
  • Colonoscopy

Using these tools, the team finds what’s causing your abdominal pain. Then, they customize a conservative, effective treatment plan for you. Their goal is to bring you relief as quickly as possible with the least invasive treatments possible.

If you’re living with persistent abdominal pain, don’t wait to call GI Physicians Inc., or you can request your appointment online today.