Abdominal Pain Treatment in New Jersey
The pain from the chest to groin is referred to as abdominal pain. Most commonly it is referred to as stomach or belly pain. This pain can be coming from the organs that are part of your digestive system like stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small or large intestine; urinary system like kidneys, ureters or bladder or reproductive system like uterus, ovaries, prostate. Though abdominal pain can occur due to issues with internal organs, the outer shell of your abdomen such as muscles, skin, and soft tissue can also cause pain. Sometimes pain in the abdomen can be referred from the chest, pelvis or back. Though fairly common , everyone experiences 1- 2 episodes of stomach pain in their life, only 5 % of abdominal pain patients need to go to the emergency room.
If there is something serious, one would require pain treatment. Mainland Pain Management provides the best abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey. The expert doctor creates a comprehensive treatment plan after a thorough examination.
Less serious causes of abdominal pain include irritable bowel syndromes, constipation, food allergies, lactose intolerance, stomach virus, food poisoning , urinary tract infections, menstrual cramping. Adequate hydration, antacids, waiting to eat for 4-6 hours if nauseous or vomiting, avoiding solid foods for a few hours can all help mild abdominal pain.
Stomach pain can be mild or severe, burning or aching, cramping or colicky, constant or intermittent, in one spot or generalised.
When to see a doctor for abdominal pain
Following are some of the situations when one should consult Mainland Pain Management to receive comprehensive abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey.
- If it is accompanied by fever
- Is significant, severe and does not resolve in 24-48 hours
- Is associated with diarrhoea for more than 5 days
- Is associated with bloating or distension for more than 48 hours
- Is associated with burning urination or increased frequency of urination
- Is associated with weight loss or is dull, aching and lasts more than 3-4 weeks
When to go to emergency with abdominal pain
- If you have persistent nausea, vomiting
- If you have bloody bowel movements or are vomiting blood
- Are short of breath or are dizzy
- If you have swelling in the abdomen
- If you have severe tenderness in the abdomen
- If you are pregnant
Most medical professionals will discuss abdominal pain in terms of the location of pain. When they talk about location it could be right and or left upper quadrants and right and or left lower quadrants. The symptoms of pain can also point out causation.It could be mild or severe, burning or aching, cramping or colicky, constant or intermittent, in one spot or generalised.
For this discussion I will divide the causes based on the quadrant involved and the chronicity of pain.
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Right upper quadrant pain
The digestive organs in this region are liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, small intestine. However problems with the right kidney and ureter can also cause pain in the right upper quadrant.
Common conditions causing right upper quadrant pain
- Hepatitis: Acute or chronic
- Cholecystitis : Acute or chronic
- Gall stone or Cholelithiasis
- Biliary duct tumours, strictures or stones
- Cancers Like Gallbladder, liver, intestinal
Less common causes of pain in this region include duodenal ulcer, large bowel obstruction, kidney stones or kidney infections
Hepatitis: This is the infection or inflammation of the liver. This could be a result of excessive alcohol consumption, medications or toxins, metabolic, autoimmune or viral. Depending on the course of the disease hepatitis can be acute, that is flare up of symptoms and then goes away or chronic which is more subtle and leads to progressive liver damage. The common symptoms are malaise, fatigue, abdominal pain which could be dull , and aching . This could be associated with jaundice or yellow discoloration of eyes and skin, light coloured stools, nausea. Your provider will order blood tests and some other tests like ultrasound of the liver to find the cause .
Gallbladder disease: Most common pain associated with gallbladder is because of gallstones. The pain may radiate to the mid abdomen or chest wall. It may be a sharp, sudden pain or could be constant and severe. Pain does not go away with eating or drinking or passing gas or pooping. Deep breaths can make the pain worse. This may be associated with nausea, vomiting, fever and or chills. The stones can cause irritation of the biliary tract when they are passed on to the biliary tree. Chronic or acute inflammation of the lining of gallbladder can also cause pain. This pain can be similar to heartburn and can be debilitating
Left Upper Quadrant pain
Stomach, pancreas and spleen are the organs in the left upper quadrant of abdomen.
Common causes of left upper quadrant pain are
- Pancreatic cancer
- Gastritis, gastric ulcer
- Gastric cancer
- Kidney stones and kidney infections
- Other conditions which can cause pain in the left upper quadrant include
- Pneumonia, pleural effusion, pericarditis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, pleurisy
Pancreas related pain: Acute or chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer can cause pain. The pain is usually in the epigastric region and can radiate to the back .Laying down usually makes the pain worse. The pain is worse within minutes of eating and is usually described as burning, sharp, stabbing pain. Alcohol use is the leading cause of acute pancreatitis, however gallstones and autoimmune diseases can also cause pancreatitis.
Pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis are associated with weight loss. These can be associated with light coloured stools, bloating, swollen abdomen or jaundice
If the provider suspects pancreatic disease they will order blood work, CT of the abdomen. Chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer related pain can be treated with celiac plexus block.
Gastritis/Gastric ulcer: Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining whereas gastric ulcer is disruption of gastric lining. Gastric lining irritation is most commonly caused by a bacteria, however steroids, anti inflammatory medications, drinking too much coffee, alcohol or tea, stress can also cause this condition. Though gastritis by itself is benign, however if you have a history of gastritis and are vomiting blood it may be a sign of ulcer and you need to go to emergency.
Left lower quadrant pain
Left lower quadrant pain is usually associated with diverticulosis or diverticulitis. It can also be associated with colorectal cancer. It can also be a result of surgery or radiation in the colorectal area. The presence of pouches in the colon is called diverticulosis whereas inflammation of these pouches is called diverticulitis. Increased age, smoking, anti-inflammatory medications,sedentary lifestyle, high dietary content of red meat and fat and low fiber diet put you at risk for diverticulosis and diverticulitis. The pain is usually described as dull, cramping. The pain can be associated with constipation, chills and fever. The diagnosis is mainly clinical , however you may need colonoscopy for definitive diagnosis. Colorectal cancer is associated with weight loss, constipation and abdominal distension.
Right lower quadrant pain
Right lower quadrant pain can be due to inflammation of the appendix, cancer of the appendix or inflammation of the small intestine. Acute appendicitis is severe, acute pain in the right lower quadrant . It can be a cramping or dull, sickening type of pain. It can be associated with nausea, vomiting. You may need urgent surgery if you are suffering from this type of pain.
If you’re experiencing abdominal pain, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipty Mangla to receive effective and efficient abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey at Mainland Pain Management.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
How are Abdominal Pain Conditions Diagnosed?
Ans. At Mainland Pain Management, we will thoroughly evaluate your medical history and ask targeted questions about your abdominal pain and other symptoms during your visit. Additional testing may be necessary to pinpoint the source of the abdominal pain. Blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and other comparable modalities are examples of these tests.
The aim of our pain management specialist is to perform a proper diagnosis to determine the best abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey.
What is the Best Treatment for Abdominal Pain?
Ans. Since there are so many different conditions that can cause abdominal discomfort, the treatment options are numerous. Our expert pain management specialist, Dr. Dipty Mangla will thoroughly assess your symptoms, inspect the area, and run any necessary tests.
Once the source of the stomach pain has been identified, the patient is given a specific treatment plan. The Mainland Pain Management physician collaborates across specialities to ensure that appropriate, effective treatments are administered. The treatment options involve tap block, nerve blocks, hypogastric block, and many more.
What Are the Do's and Don'ts for Abdominal Pain?
Ans. The dos and don'ts of abdominal pain are important for one’s health and well-being. You should consult a pain management specialist if you have prolonged and severe abdominal pain. If there are additional symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing, or blood vomiting along with the pain, our pain management specialist advised getting treatment for abdominal pain.
If you have slight pain, rest and stay hydrated. You should not take excess pain relief medications without consulting a doctor. If you suffer from prolonged abdominal pain, it is important to consult a pain management specialist. To get advanced abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey, you can book a consultation with Dr. Dipty Mangla at Mainland Pain Management.
How Long Does it Take for Abdominal Pain to Heal?
Ans. Mild abdominal pain may subside on its own after a few hours or days. Mild pain and related symptoms are frequently treated with pain relief medications. A specialist will be able to advise you on the best medications for your situation.
Abdominal pain causes can range from something as simple as gas or a pulled muscle to something more serious like an internal infection or a heart attack. If you have frequent stomachaches or upset stomachs, or if they hurt a lot or don't go away, you should see a doctor. To get the best abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey you can consult Dr. Dipty Mangla at Mainland Pain Management.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?
Ans. The majority of stomach or abdominal pain is caused by a transitory condition and is not significant. This type of pain is caused by a digestive problem, menstruation, or a virus. For example:
- Digestion Issues: Inflammation, gas, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, and food poisoning are all relatively prevalent causes of stomach pain. Most of the time, the soreness will go away within a few hours or days.
- Inflammation: The inflammation brought on by an irritant or illness. It is commonly caused by stomach flu, peptic ulcers, or a urinary tract infection.
- Menstruation: Women undergoing menstruation can face stomach discomfort. If a woman has menstrual cramps or ovulation-related pain.
These are some of the issues that are considered normal or acute abdominal pain.
What Are the More Serious Causes of Abdominal Pain?
Ans. Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, and a stomach virus are among the less significant causes of abdominal pain. However, appendicitis, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a bowel blockage, cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux are some of the more serious reasons.
If you experience severe abdominal pain, intense stomach pain, or stomach pain that does not resolve in 24 to 48 hours, or if you additionally have chest pain, bloating, or swelling that lasts for several days, then you should consult a doctor. Dr. Dipty Mangla at Mainland Pain Management can be consulted for a proper diagnosis to get effective abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey.
What Foods Should You Avoid with Abdominal Pain?
Ans. Individuals who have food allergies or intolerances may have gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea on a regular basis. Moreover, lactose-intolerant patients should avoid dairy products. You should also avoid spicy foods; eating too much spicy food might cause stomach distress, resulting in constipation or diarrhea. Also, fried foods are high in saturated fats, which take a long time to break down in the stomach and impede digestion. Thus, such items should be avoided.
To get more personalized guidelines, you can consult Dr. Dipty Mangla, a pain management specialist renowned for providing the best abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey at Mainland Pain Management.
Can Abdominal Pain be Treated at Home?
Ans. An abdominal pain or stomach ache is frequently treatable at home and disappears within a day or two. To help you recover quickly, choose bland (foods that are not very spicy, soft, and low in fiber), easy-to-digest foods and avoid those heavy in fat, sugar, lactose, and spices. Get enough rest and consume plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
What Can I Eat to Stop Abdominal Pain?
Ans. There are numerous foods that can help soothe an upset stomach. Herbs and spices such as ginger, chamomile, mint, and licorice have natural stomach-soothing effects, and fruits such as papaya and green bananas can help with digestion.
What Are the Red Signs of Abdominal Pain?
Ans. Another huge warning flag is if your abdomen pain is dull and continuous or sudden and severe, and it is followed by vomiting. The combination of abdominal discomfort and vomiting, particularly if the vomiting is severe and lasts for an extended period of time, could indicate a significant problem. In such a scenario one can consult Dr. Dipty Mangla to get the best abdominal pain treatment in New Jersey.