Abdominal pain is very common and is often not a cause for alarm. But sometimes, abdominal pain can be symptomatic of something problematic. Jonathan I. Warman, MD located in the Upper East Side in New York City has years of experience evaluating and treating abdominal pain. If you are bothered by your pain or are experiencing symptoms that are persistent and worsening, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What can cause abdominal pain?

When you say you have abdominal or stomach pain, you’re probably referring to one of several organs that could be causing discomfort. Your abdomen contains your digestive system, and pain experienced in this area usually involves one of its organs.

One common cause of stomach pain is a condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The disorder affects the large intestine and is accompanied by symptoms like cramping, excess gas, mucus in the stool, and irregular bowel movements.

If your symptoms are related to IBS, Dr. Warman can treat you with probiotics, a specialized diet that eliminates hard-to-digest foods, or other medications.

You may also experience abdominal pain that another part of your body causes. If you experience sudden abdominal pain accompanied by shortness of breath, seek emergency medical attention by calling 911.

How do I know if my abdominal pain is an emergency?

Abdominal pain accompanied by a high fever, extreme or sudden pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, or bowel distress can be a sign of a more serious condition, like appendicitis.

Any abdominal pain that’s accompanied by shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, sweating, vomiting, or pain in the jaw, arms, or shoulders could be signs of a heart attack. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

What tests might I have for abdominal pain?

To make a diagnosis when you have abdominal pain, Dr. Warman will ask you about your health history and perform a physical exam. Dr. Warman may order blood tests and imaging studies, such as ultrasound or MRI, to determine what could be causing your abdominal pain.

How is abdominal pain treated?

More often than not, abdominal pain is caused by improper diet, stress, constipation, or gas. Dr. Warman can advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific circumstances.

These treatment plans often include changes to your diet or starting a new medication. Dr. Warman may also suggest being more mindful of stress in your life.

If you have been experiencing abdominal pain, call the office of Jonathan I. Warman, MD at Manhattan Endoscopy in New York City, New York today to schedule an appointment.