Find out when your abdominal discomfort requires medical attention.
We know that most people will experience some sort of abdominal discomfort at some point during their lifetime. After all, from gastroenteritis (also commonly referred to as the “stomach bug”) to PMS to food allergies, there are a number of reasons someone might experience abdominal distress. So, when do your symptoms mean it’s time to visit our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty? Let’s find out!
When You Should Schedule an Appointment
Even though it might not be an immediate cause for concern, it’s a good idea to have your GI symptoms checked out if your abdominal pain lasts more than a few days or if the pain gets worse. We know that most people don’t want to see a doctor unless they have to, but it’s a good idea to give us a call and let us know more about your current symptoms so we can determine just how soon we should see you.
When to Get Immediate Care
You should have someone take you to the nearest emergency room or local urgent care center if you experience severe abdominal pain that is accompanied by:
- A fever
- Blood in the stool
- Sudden or unexpected weight loss
- Vomiting or nausea
- Abdominal swelling or tenderness
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
If abdominal pain has resulted from a trauma such as a car accident or sports injury it’s also important that you seek urgent medical attention, as you could be experiencing symptoms of internal bleeding.
Causes of Abdominal Pain
Unfortunately, it’s impossible for our Houston GI doctors to diagnose you or determine the cause of your abdominal discomfort without seeing you. Some of the more common causes of abdominal pain include:
- Appendicitis (a medical emergency)
- A bladder infection
- Ovarian cyst
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- An obstruction of the intestines
- Kidney infection
- Kidney stones
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Food allergies
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
If you are currently dealing with abdominal pain in Houston, TX, it’s important that you find out what’s going on. Don’t just suffer through these daily discomforts and pangs. Call our office today and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will get you into our office to see one of our GI specialists as soon as possible.