Why You Should Never Ignore Abdominal Pain

Everyone experiences abdominal pain at some point in their life, probably even in the last few months. The abdomen is a large area, and most of the time the pain you feel is minimal. It’s completely normal to have a stomachache, heartburn, or some other minor ailment that causes some aching in your abdomen. Typically, this pain passes quickly and you’re able to forget about it and move on.

But when abdominal pain becomes chronic, it can start to impact your everyday life and activities. This kind of consistent pain is often the sign of a larger issue that can be a true threat to your health.

You don’t have to live with chronic pain. If you are dealing with pain that just won’t go away, come see the team at Metro Denver Pain Management (MDPain). Our team’s goal is to create and execute specific treatment plans to reduce our patients’ pain quickly and effectively. Our three doctors and four physician assistants combine their know-how to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to treat and address your pain. 

The abdomen and pain

Part of the concern with abdominal pain is that it contains many important organs. Major organs in the abdomen include:

Most abdominal pain is considered chronic when it is present for three or more months. Chronic pain can be both constant or come and go.

Abdominal pain and symptoms

Abdominal pain can be sharp, achy, or dull and can occur anywhere between the top of your chest and your pelvis. Although abdominal pain can occur by itself, it’s often accompanied by other symptoms, including:

Any of these symptoms should prompt you to make an appointment at MDPain. You should head to the ER if you experience any of the above with high fever, loss of appetite and weight, blood in urine or stool, severe nausea and vomiting, or difficulty swallowing.

Diagnosis and treatment

The causes of abdominal pain are too prevalent to list, but your doctor at Metro Denver Pain Management will work with you to pinpoint the exact source of your pain. Steps for diagnosis may include a physical exam, a conversation about your pain, tests, and scans.

After your pain has been diagnosed, we’ll work with you to find a solution to your pain. This could mean lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, organ removal (appendix, pancreas, gallbladder) or a combination of treatments.

To learn more about abdominal pain and how it is treated, book an appointment online or over the phone with MDPain today.

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