Most people get stomach aches from time to time, but abdominal pain can greatly impact your quality of life or signal a more serious condition. At his practice in Boca Raton, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Prosper Abitbol diagnoses and treats abdominal pain, guiding lifestyle changes and addressing underlying conditions. To make an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

Abdominal pain can result from many conditions, and even when the cause isn’t reason to worry, the pain can have a major impact on your quality of life. Conditions that result in abdominal pain include:

  • Indigestion
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Food intolerances, including gluten and lactose intolerance
  • Excessive gas
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
  • Acid reflux

To get relief from abdominal pain, and to determine if it’s actually the symptom of a chronic or serious condition, an important first step is to diagnose its cause.

Abdominal pain has many causes, so it can take many forms. Though you may think of pain in your abdomen as a “stomach ache,” your abdomen also contains organs including your kidneys, liver, intestines, and pancreas. Abdominal pain is usually a digestive issue of some kind, but it can originate in any of these organs, and produce varying types of discomfort, including:

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Dull pain
  • Nausea
  • A feeling of pressure
  • Sharp pains

Dr. Abitbol diagnoses your abdominal pain based in part on the type of pain you feel.

When you visit the practice for abdominal pain, Dr. Abitbol performs a physical examination and ask questions about your pain. It’s important to be able to describe your symptoms in detail, including:

  • The type of pain you feel
  • How long you’ve been in pain
  • If the pain is constant or comes and goes
  • When the pain is worst
  • If the pain is worse after eating or having a bowel movement
  • Where in the abdomen your pain is located
  • If the pain includes constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, or other symptoms
  • If the pain spreads to other parts of your body

It’s possible Dr. Abitbol will also recommend a blood or urine test, or take an imaging test such as an X-ray or MRI.

Treatment for abdominal pain largely focuses on addressing the cause, whether it’s a chronic condition or something simpler like your dietary habits. Depending on the diagnosis, Dr. Abitbol may guide you on lifestyle changes to reduce your abdominal pain or recommend additional treatment.

To get relief from abdominal pain, schedule an appointment by calling the office of Dr. Prosper Abitbol or by using the online booking tool.


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