Abdominal Pain Treatment Questions and Answers
UCare Urgent Care proudly provides abdominal pain treatment to patients of all ages. For more information, call us or request an appointment online. We have multiple locations to serve you in El Paso TX, Lee Trevino Drive TX, and nearby areas!
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Whether something isn’t sitting right after a meal or you feel a sharp pain around your belly button, it can often be difficult to know if your abdominal pain is insignificant or something that requires medical attention. At UCare Urgent Care, our doctors and medical professionals would be happy to evaluate your abdominal pain and provide any necessary treatment with care and expertise.
There is a broad list of possible reasons why a person may be experiencing abdominal pain. While most abdominal pain cases are minor, abdominal pain could be an indication of something more serious. With that said, causes of abdominal pain range from temporary and insignificant to chronic conditions or medical emergencies, with the majority of cases being infection, inflammation, obstruction, or intestinal disorders. Some examples of possible abdominal pain causes include the following:
• Crohn’s disease
• Dairy or gluten intolerance
• Food poisoning
• Gas or bloating
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Kidney stones
• Menstrual cramps
• Stomach flu
• Ulcerative colitis
• Urinary tract infections (UTI)
While most abdominal pain cases do not require emergency care, it is helpful to know when you should go to the emergency room for abdominal pain. As such, the following are a few symptoms to look out for when dealing with abdominal pain that warrant a trip to the emergency room:
• Constant vomiting or blood in your vomit
• Difficulty breathing
• Fever that is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
• Pain so severe that you cannot sit still or stand up straight
• Pain that is associated with trauma or chest pain or pressure
• Severe abdominal tenderness to the touch
• Swelling of the abdomen
• Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Knowing where the abdominal pain is located on your body can explain what is causing the pain. With that in mind, abdominal pain can occur anywhere below the ribs and above the pelvis.
Upper right abdominal pain could indicate gallstones or gallbladder inflammation, pancreatitis, small intestine inflammation (duodenitis), hepatitis, or pneumonia. In contrast, lower right abdominal pain is often caused by appendicitis, hernia, or kidney infections.
With upper left abdominal pain, causes could include pneumonia, angina, enlarged spleen, or kidney infection. In contrast, lower left abdominal pain is often caused by Crohn’s disease, ovarian cysts, or intestinal obstruction.
When abdominal pain is felt in the center, it could indicate food poisoning, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer, or pericarditis.
Various conditions can be felt diffusely across the abdomen, including appendicitis, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), IBS, UTI, gastroenteritis, etc.
While there are other possible conditions that the location of your pain could indicate, your doctor will examine and evaluate where the pain is located, as well as the type and intensity of the pain, before making a diagnosis and prescribing treatment.
Our board-certified internal medicine doctors at UCare Clinics have an abundance of experience, skill, and expertise in treating abdominal pain and its various causes! As such, if you are experiencing mild to moderate abdominal pain, we would be more than happy to provide treatment.
However, if you are experiencing extreme or debilitating abdominal pain or have potentially life-threatening symptoms, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency room to receive proper care.
We welcome you to come to UCare Clinic for abdominal pain treatment! For an appointment, please feel free to call us, schedule an appointment online, or simply visit our clinic for a walk-in appointment.