Abdominal pain can make it challenging to get through your daily routine. Still, relief is available through the care of Brandon Rieders, MD, and Bradley Rieders, MD, of GastroCare LI, located in Valley Stream, New York. Don’t accept severe or persistent abdominal pain when there are treatments that can help. Call or click to book a visit at your earliest convenience.

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What is abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is a common experience, and everyone will go through some form of belly pain during their life. In most cases, abdominal pain is nothing to be concerned about. However, if your pain is severe or doesn’t improve within a couple of days, it may be time to seek professional care.

Abdominal pain can be acute, meaning it develops relatively quickly within a few hours or days. It might also be chronic, meaning it persists for weeks or months. Abdominal pain can also be progressive, worsening over time. Abdominal pain is often accompanied by other symptoms.

What could be causing my abdominal pain?

One of the reasons why so many people have difficulty getting a proper diagnosis for their abdominal pain is that there are many potential causes. Determining the exact cause of your pain requires a degree of skill and expertise.

Some of the factors that can cause or contribute to abdominal pain include:

  • Gas
  • Food poisoning
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative colitis

That is far from a comprehensive list. Many things can lead to abdominal pain. Determining the cause of your discomfort is the first step in the treatment process.

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

The practitioners at GastroCare LI have access to numerous advanced diagnostic tools and techniques. The process begins with a discussion of your symptoms, as well as a physical exam.

Additional diagnostic options include colonoscopy, which allows your specialist to view the tissues of your colon in an effort to check for abnormalities. Other minimally invasive diagnostic options include upper endoscopy and capsule endoscopy.

These procedures use advanced technology to gather imaging displayed on an external screen. Your gastroenterologist can view your internal tissues without an invasive surgical procedure.

Bacteria overgrowth testing, 48-hour pH testing, lactose intolerance testing, and fructose malabsorption testing are all available through the practice.

When you’re ready to take action and get to the bottom of your abdominal pain, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.