Abdominal Pain Specialist

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

If you have frequent and unexplained abdominal pain, don’t put off a diagnostic evaluation. At Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, with offices in South Bend, Plymouth, La Porte, Indiana, and at The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, the gastroenterology specialists offer on-site testing services to identify the cause of your abdominal pain. They also design treatment plans to ease your discomfort and address the underlying cause of pain. Call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you to schedule a consultation.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

Occasional abdominal pain can result from overeating, constipation, and gas. You may also experience abdominal pain if you have a stomach virus or food poisoning. This type of pain usually resolves within a few days with rest and home care.

When your abdominal pain is chronic and lasts for several weeks or months, it may be due to more serious underlying health conditions like:

  • Ulcers
  • Colon cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

You may also have persistent abdominal pain if you have blockages in your bowel.

When should I seek treatment for abdominal pain?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc for abdominal pain that you can’t relieve with rest and over-the-counter medications.

An evaluation of abdominal pain is also necessary if you experience issues like:

  • Fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Inability to keep food in your stomach

The Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers use advanced diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, colonoscopy, and endoscopy, to identify what’s causing your pain. The physicians also perform a physical exam and spend time reviewing your personal and family medical history, your lifestyle, and your diet.

Based on the results of your exam and testing, the physicians customize a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and improve your gastrointestinal health.

How is abdominal pain treated?

Your treatment plan for abdominal pain depends on its underlying cause. If you have ulcers, you may need to rest and make diet changes, so your ulcer can heal. If you have constipation, you may need medications that soften your stool, so you can empty your bowel.

The physicians at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc also offer other surgical procedures to treat conditions like colon cancer, GERD, and Crohn’s disease. They can discuss your surgical options during your consultation.

You may also need to avoid certain foods that irritate your esophagus or stomach and focus on maintaining a healthy body weight. The providers may recommend exercises you can do and diet changes you can make to support your gastrointestinal health.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for abdominal pain, call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you or book an appointment today.