FAQ’s on Abdominal Pain
Nearly every person will experience some form of abdominal pain at one point in their life, even if it does not become serious enough for that person to make the trip to have it diagnosed.
For those who do venture to a clinic for an examination, many abdominal pains will prove to be a minor concern that is easily treatable. That being said, abdominal pain can be a symptom of a potentially serious illness or can be the by-product of a spinal condition that has yet to produce other symptoms.
What causes Abdominal Pain?
There are a number of routine conditions patients may develop that result in pain felt in the abdominal region of the body. Conditions such as a stomach virus, menstrual cramps, a hernia, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, stomach cancer, allergic reactions to food, and irritable bowel disease can each result in symptomatic pain. Each of these conditions can result in a different set of symptoms.
Pain felt by the patient, can range from mild intestinal distress and cramping to a sharp burning feeling in the stomach. It is also possible for pain to have no root cause and simply be a by-product of a more serious condition such as a compressed nerve in the spine.
The symptoms of Abdominal Pain
The symptoms the patient will experience will vary depending on the root cause of abdominal pain. Common symptoms that are shared between each condition of course include feelings of pain in the abdominal region and may include constipation, frequent urination, or difficulty in holding food within the stomach.
How is Abdominal Pain diagnosed?
The method of diagnosis will depend on what the patient evaluation may suggest as the potential causes of pain. The patient will be asked a series of questions about their pain during this evaluation.
Starting with how the pain began, the patient will then be asked the exact location of pain, the pattern the pain is felt in, and the duration of pain when it is occurring. The patient will then be asked what action, if any, trigger the occurrence of pain and if any actions worsen the pain. The method a patient finds relief with can also be a factor in this diagnosis. Each of these can potentially tune a physician in on what is occurring within the patient.
In some instances, a simple touch-test to examine the abdomen for tender spots can help to determine what conditions may or may not be present. If a physician has a reasonable suspicion that the patient has one or more conditions that could cause abdominal pain as described, further imaging techniques will be used in an effort to identify this root cause if it is visible to the physician
Treatment options for Abdominal Pain
The treatments to be used will vary dependent on what condition is the root cause for abdominal pain. In many cases, there will not be a direct cure available with the first office visit. Multiple visits may be required to rule out possible causes and to narrow the likely causes in order to identify which treatment options are available for the patient.
More often than not, medication is administered in an effort to provide pain relief while a diagnosis and proper treatment plan is being established. Instances where pain is potentially being caused by an infection may see the patient prescibed strong antibiotic medications as well in an effort to reduce pain.
A celiac plexus block is a procedure that is performed by Denver pain management doctors as an outpatient. The celiac plexus provides sensation to a significant amount of the abdominal structures.
Therefore, the procedure may provide weeks to months of pain relief for all types of abdominal pain issues. Colorado Pain’s Board Certified pain management doctors in Denver, Golden and surrounding areas offer medication management along with interventional procedures such as celiac plexus blocks.
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