Abdominal Pain Specialist

Daily Apple Clinic

Adult Care, Primary Care, & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Congress Park, Denver, CO

Abdominal pain is an ambiguous symptom that could indicate something benign as gas or a serious issue with one of your internal organs. Paul Reynolds, FNP, Monica Schonteich, FNP, and the experienced team at Daily Apple Clinic in Congress Park of Denver, Colorado, can make sure you receive an accurate diagnosis and help you manage the pain. To schedule an evaluation for your abdominal pain, call Daily Apple Clinic or book a consultation online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain, or a stomach ache, is pain originating in or around your stomach or other organs in your core region. It’s usually temporary and easy to manage at home; however, ongoing or very severe abdominal pain could indicate a serious health issue that needs professional treatment. 

Abdominal pain doesn’t always show up by itself. Other symptoms that can accompany abdominal pain are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fever

Acute abdominal pain is temporary and usually easy to resolve. Abdominal pain becomes a chronic issue when it lasts three months or longer. When you come to Daily Apple Clinic, you should let your provider know how long you’ve had the pain. 

What causes abdominal pain?

There are lots of potential health issues that can cause abdominal pain ranging from mild to life-threatening. Of course, mild problems are much more common than anything severe, but it’s a good idea to get a diagnosis, so you know what’s affecting you. 

Some possible causes of your abdominal pain include:

  • Gas
  • Eating too much
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Indigestion
  • Food poisoning
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cramps

To diagnose the condition causing your abdominal pain, Daily Apple Clinic looks over your medical history and asks for specific details about your symptoms. They tell you to point out the exact location of the pain in your abdomen and to rate its intensity. 

If the cause isn’t immediately apparent, they may have you take a blood, stool, or urine test. Imaging tests like ultrasound imaging or X-rays can also show abnormalities that point to a cause of abdominal pain. Internal imaging tests like colonoscopy or endoscopy may be necessary to diagnose your issue. 

How can I relieve my abdominal pain?

Your abdominal pain treatment regimen can include relief strategies, medications for inflammation, medicines for infections, and diet or behavior changes. Rarely, surgery like appendectomy is necessary. 

Daily Apple Clinic tailors an individualized treatment plan that considers both the cause of your abdominal pain and any other symptoms you have. 

To relieve your abdominal pain, Daily Apple Clinic may recommend:

  • Following a healthy diet
  • Eliminating certain foods from your diet
  • Avoiding alcohol 
  • Taking over-the-counter medications for your symptoms
  • Finding a healthy outlet for your stress (e.g., exercise)

If your abdominal pain is chronic or comes from an underlying chronic condition, your provider can help you schedule regular visits to Daily Apple Clinic for ongoing treatment. 

Learn more about abdominal pain and find out what’s causing yours by calling Daily Apple Clinic for an appointment or booking online today.