Abdominal Pain: When is it Time to Visit a Gastroenterologist

Abdominal pain can be a very broad and loose term that many often use. It can be difficult to understand if the pain is severe and requires medical attention. Our team at Memorial Heights ER treats every patient that arrives in our care with the utmost respect and compassion. We are also eager to educate individuals and their families on the care for their bodies. Continue reading on to learn when is the time to visit a gastroenterologist.

Location of Abdominal Pain Matters

As well as the severity of the pain, the location of the abdominal pain matters. The abdomen covers a wide area of the body with many organs underneath it. Figuring out where the pain is located can help to get to the root of the issue. Pain in the upper, middle abdomen is where the esophagus connects the stomach. This pain is commonly known as heartburn and can be eased with antacids. Pain from heart problems, inflammation, or panic attacks can be felt in this area as well. Pain in the lower abdomen can feel like cramping or basic discomfort. If this is the cause, it is probably constipation. If the feeling persists after needed treatments, then further assistance may be needed. Localized pain can be a symptom of an underlying issue.

Severity and Endurance of Abdominal Pain

If your pain severe or is affected by any of the following issues, then you should receive additional medical attention:

  • Fever
  • Bloody stool
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Yellowing skin or eyes
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness
  • Shortness of breath

There are always exceptions to any case of abdominal pain. If you have any receive for concern, then contact your family doctor or visit a gastroenterologist right away. After all, you know your body the best! Our team at Memorial Heights ER is dedicated to providing every patient with the absolute best quality of care possible. We are trained in treating a wide range of issues that affect individuals. You can no doubt trust your families care in our hands!

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