Stomach and abdominal pain are common symptoms that can take many different forms, including aching, cramping, and sharp pains. Pain in the stomach can be acute or chronic and there are numerous reasons that it can occur. It may indicate issues relating to the stomach, appendix, gallbladder, spleen, bowel, or liver – among other things. While some cases of stomach pain are temporary and may resolve on their own or be improved with over-the-counter medications, severe or chronic abdominal pain may be an indication of a more serious issue that warrants evaluation from an experienced NYC stomach doctor, if not a trip to the nearest emergency room.
An abdominal pain examination in New York City with top gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich is the first step to identifying the underlying cause of your stomach pain and determining your best treatment and relief options. Dr. Borcich is a dual fellowship-trained gastroenterologist with more than three decades of experience treating patients and providing stomach pain relief in Greater New York City. He emphasizes a compassionate, patient-centered approach, and can help relieve your discomfort and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best doctor for stomach problems.
What causes stomach pain?
Abdominal pain can be caused by many things, which include:
- Menstrual cramps
- Stomach virus or flu
- Food poisoning
- Food allergies
- Gluten intolerance (celiac disease)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach lining inflammation (gastritis)
- Kidney stones
- Lactose intolerance
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Cancers of the stomach, pancreas, colon, ovaries, and others
Due to the extensive number of potential causes leading to stomach pain, a proper evaluation with a top Manhattan stomach doctor is critical for making a diagnosis and determining your stomach pain relief options.
What symptoms are associated with stomach pain?
Stomach pain may cause or coincide with other symptoms, which may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest pain
- Rectal bleeding
How is abdominal pain treated?
Occasional abdominal pain, like slight nausea or menstrual cramps, often has an innocent basis, particularly in younger patients. However, since dangerous illnesses can also begin with mild symptoms, it is not prudent to ignore any unusual stomach pain. With many stomach and intestinal ailments, sometimes it’s hard to even explain where the pain is, or the pain comes and goes, starts out small and gets much worse, or it’s very sharp and hurts a lot. A general practitioner may treat a temporary issue such as a stomach virus, a food poisoning incident, or a single urinary tract infection, but sometimes abdominal pain is an indication of a chronic or serious condition that needs to be treated by a specialized stomach doctor.
In order to determine the best treatment for your abdominal pain, NYC gastroenterologist Dr. Borcich will start with a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history and your symptoms. If necessary, he will order tests to evaluate your blood, urine or stool. In some cases, he may prescribe an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel capsule, or other imaging studies such as an ultrasound or MRI in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Once the cause of your stomach pain has been identified, Dr. Borcich will be able to recommend a treatment and relief plan tailored to your needs. Conservative treatments such as medications and lifestyle modifications are always the first options explored. However, when necessary, patients of Dr. Borcich will have access to the latest, state-of-the-art surgical options.
Do I need to see a gastroenterologist/stomach doctor for my abdominal pain?
In order to determine whether an evaluation with an NYC gastroenterologist (GI doctor) is necessary to relieve your stomach pain, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the pain localized (in one area), generalized, or does it move?
- Can you tell if the pain is coming from your stomach area or your intestinal area?
- Is the stomach pain temporary and infrequent or is it severe and constantly getting worse?
- If the abdominal pain is very bad and sharp, does it get worse if you move or cough?
- Does it hurt to urinate?
- Did the pain start in one area and then end up in another?
- Do you take pain medication for abdominal pain that you don’t know the cause of?
- Do you have cramps, bloating, and gas frequently?
- Are cramps, bloating, and gas very debilitating, or just normal, routine pain?
- Do you feel sick every time you eat, especially if you eat spicy foods?
If your abdominal pain is severe or chronic, an evaluation with an experienced Manhattan gastroenterologist is the first step to finding relief. Anthony Borcich, M.D. specializes in diagnosing and treating issues of the stomach and intestines that lead to stomach pain and is known for his compassionate care and personalized approach. Schedule an appointment today by contacting our office or filling out the schedule appointment form on this page.