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Treating Abdominal Pain in Andrews, TX

Abdominal pain, which generally refers to pain or discomfort you feel in the space between your pelvis and chest, has many possible causes. Most abdominal pain is mild and has a multitude of common causes ranging from pulled muscle strain to indigestion. Symptoms may resolve on their own and may benefit from basic home treatment such as rest or taking over-the-counter antacids. Fortunately, most abdominal pain falls in this category.

However, when your abdominal pain is accompanied by severe or chronic symptoms that are interfering with your life, it may indicate a more serious condition such as organ failure or even cancer. If you experience long-lasting, severe or sudden abdominal pain, you should seek immediate medical care.

Common Causes of Abdominal Pain

Stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is extremely common and causes abdominal pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms usually go away within two days. Also extremely common is gas, which may be accompanied by flatulence and belching. Gas is caused by bacteria in your small intestine, which break down foods that your body simply cannot tolerate. A sudden buildup of gas can cause severe abdominal pain. Other causes include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastritis
  • Food intolerances
  • Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI)

Do I Need an Abdominal Pain Specialist for Abdominal Pain?

If you are experiencing stomach/abdominal pain that won’t go away, especially if it’s accompanied by fever and other symptoms, then you should consult a gastroenterologist for the most appropriate treatment plan to address your abdominal pain. Dr. Waddingham will be happy in treating abdominal pain. He welcome patients from Andrews TX, Goldsmith, Seminole, Lamesa, Midland, Odessa, Gardendale and nearby locations.

Call 432-523-6624 for more information or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

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