Abdominal Pain Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

Abdominal pain is a common medical complaint that can range in severity from a minor nuisance to the indication of a severe underlying condition. At Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology in lower Manhattan, New York City, Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD take a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of abdominal pain. If you’re experiencing severe or prolonged abdominal pain, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is Abdominal Pain?

Any pain in between your chest and hips is abdominal pain. Although it’s common to refer to pain in this area as “stomach pain,” your abdomen contains many organs, including your liver, small intestine, colon, spleen, gallbladder, and pancreas. Abdominal pain can originate in any of these.

Pain in your abdomen can vary significantly in type, location, and intensity. It can be sharp and intense or dull and throbbing. Pain may come and go or linger persistently.

Symptoms that often accompany abdominal pain include:

  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting

What Causes Abdominal Pain?

There are many possible causes of abdominal pain. Some of the most common are:

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastric or duodenal ulcers
  • Hepatitis
  • Colitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Infections
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gynecological conditions

The best way to find out what’s causing your abdominal pain is to discuss your concerns with the team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology.

When Should I See a Doctor for Abdominal Pain?

If your abdominal symptoms are severe or don’t go away with home care, you should schedule an appointment at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology. You should always seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Bloody vomit
  • Dark, tarry stools
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Shortness of breath

How is Abdominal Pain Diagnosed and Treated?

The team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology believes in treating the whole patient, so they begin with a comprehensive physical exam and thorough review of your medical history. They may request diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Laboratory analysis of blood, urine, or stool
  • Imaging tests (X-ray, CT scan, MRI)
  • Endoscopy

Once they diagnose your condition, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad works with you to create a treatment plan that best addresses your needs. The plan may include:

  • Changing your diet
  • Losing weight
  • Medication management

If your symptoms don’t improve with treatment, they may refer you to a colorectal surgeon or another specialist for advanced care.

If you’re concerned about abdominal pain and suspect an underlying issue, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.