Abdominal Pain

MDPain -  - Interventional Pain Management


Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Greenwood Village and Parker, CO

Although most people experience some level of abdominal pain at some point, when the pain turns chronic, it impacts how you live and how you function. At Metro Denver Pain Management, the team of professionals takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the root causes of your abdominal pain and finding a solution to it. If you live in the Denver area, call to schedule your appointment at one of the convenient Metro Denver Pain Management locations in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado. You can even book online.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What Symptoms are Common with Abdominal Pain?

Pain in the abdominal area is often associated with the organs located there, including your stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, among others.

In addition to this pain, which may be dull, achy, or sharp, you may experience additional abdominal pain symptoms like:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and indigestion
  • Cramping
  • Heartburn
  • Tenderness

Abdominal pain can also manifest as chest pain. In some cases, this chest pain can be significant.

What Causes Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain results from a range of issues, the most common of which include problems like:

  • Inflammation of an organ (like appendicitis, colitis, or diverticulitis)
  • Distention of an organ (such as intestine obstructions or bile duct blockages)
  • Loss of blood to an organ (like with ischemic colitis)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other bowel issues
  • Infections (such as urinary tract infections or kidney infections)

Abdominal pain can also result from dehydration, stomach viruses, and abnormal growths.

How is Abdominal Pain Treated?

Before your doctor at Metro Denver Pain Management can treat your abdominal pain, he must find its underlying cause. To determine why you’re in pain, he performs a thorough physical examination and asks you questions about your symptoms, including when they occur and what, if anything, has helped to relieve your pain.

Your doctor may also order testing to either rule out or confirm certain problems. Depending on your specific case, he may recommend blood tests, urine tests, or a barium swallow. In other cases, imaging tests may be necessary to find the right diagnosis, and your doctor may request an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. Sometimes an exploratory endoscopy confirms the problem.

Once the issue is known, your doctor may use medications to relieve inflammation or suggest lifestyle changes, such as cutting spicy foods, alcohol, or caffeine from your diet. You may need surgery to remove polyps or gallstones or correct the functioning of one of your organs.

In some cases, you may need to have an organ removed. This is most often when abdominal pain results from issues with your appendix, gallbladder, or pancreas.

When you’re tired of treating symptoms and ready to find a solution to your abdominal pain, do it with the board-certified physicians at Metro Denver Pain Management. Call the office today or go online to schedule your initial consultation.