Any type of pain you experience between your chest and groin is called abdominal pain, which can arise from a range of causes. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, offers comprehensive evaluations to identify the source of your abdominal pain and provide the most effective treatment. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or use the online button to request an appointment.
Any infection or disease that affects the organs in your abdominal region can cause abdominal pain. Common causes of abdominal pain include:
In most cases, abdominal pain isn’t a serious issue. However, if your pain is severe or ongoing, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue that needs medical attention.
The experienced team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group recommends you schedule an appointment if your abdominal pain is severe and sudden. You should also seek medical attention if these symptoms are accompanied by vomiting and/or a fever.
You should also schedule an evaluation with the experienced team if your abdominal pain lasts longer than two weeks or you’re seeing blood in your stool. The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group recommends an evaluation anytime you see blood in your stool.
Your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with concerns about abdominal pain. During your evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history and does a physical exam.
To confirm or rule out the cause of your abdominal pain, your doctor will request diagnostic tests like blood work, X-rays, CT scans, and/or a colonoscopy. Finding the underlying cause of your abdominal pain will determine the best treatment.
Treatment of your abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause and is individualized to meet your specific needs to either ease or eliminate your abdominal pain.
For an acute condition like food poisoning, your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group could suggest fluids and rest, as well as antibiotics if needed.
For a more chronic condition like IBD or IBS, a treatment plan including medications and diet modifications may be recommended. In some cases like certain types of gallbladder conditions or colon cancer, surgery would usually be recommended.
For an evaluation with the experienced team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group, call the office or request an appointment online today.