Are you feeling bloated? Crampy? Experiencing abdominal pain that comes in waves? Abdominal pain can be a warning sign of a serious health condition. The gastroenterologists at Capitol Gastro specialize in diagnosing and treating the causes of abdominal pain, and offer on-site diagnostic procedures, including capsule endoscopy. Call today or book a consultation online at one of the locations in Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Dripping Springs, Texas.
Abdominal pain is pain you feel between your chest and pelvic region. The seriousness of the pain isn’t always a good indicator of the seriousness of your condition. For example, you may experience severe pain with a stomach virus, but feel mild pain or no pain at all with potentially fatal conditions like colon cancer or early appendicitis.
Abdominal pain is categorized as:
If your pain is accompanied by certain warning signs, you should contact Capitol Gastro right away. These signs include:
Yellowish discoloration of your skin is another reason to promptly see a doctor.
Your doctor at Capitol Gastro takes a complete medical history and asks about the nature of your abdominal pain. You’ll want to describe whether it’s:
Your doctor performs a physical exam, looking for areas of tenderness, the presence or absence of bowel sounds, abdominal swelling, and enlarged organs, among other symptoms.
To help confirm your diagnosis, you may need screening and imaging tests, including:
Your doctor sometimes recommends procedures, such as an endoscopy or capsule endoscopy, which use a tubelike instrument or tiny camera-equipped capsule to see inside your digestive tract. Both procedures are available at Capitol Gastro.
Your doctor tailors your treatment plan to your condition. For example, if your abdominal pain is due to ulcers, they prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and stomach acid. In other cases, they treat the underlying condition causing your abdominal pain.
You don’t need to suffer from abdominal pain when expert diagnosis and treatment are available. Call Capitol Gastro today or schedule a consultation online.