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Ask Dr. Leavitt--I have abdominal pain that hasn't gone away. What could it be?

 

For a while now, I have had abdominal pain. I thought it would go away, but it hasn’t. What could it be?


Sometimes new patients to my practice say they have lived with abdominal pain for years. They have been told it is in their head or that it is part of getting older. Nothing could be further from the truth. Abdominal pain can be somewhat tricky to deal with, but with a good history and physical examination, the cause of the pain can be found.

Think of your abdomen as a tic-tac-toe board. Right upper pain can be gallstones or a liver mass. Middle pain can be a stomach ulcer, inflammation of the pancreas or gastritis. Left sided pain can be diverticulitis or sometimes constipation. Pain along the sides can be either a kidney infection or renal stones. Lower abdominal pain can signify appendicitis on the right side and sigmoid spasms on the left. Generalized pain can sometimes be celiac sprue, irritable bowel syndrome, or Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis usually starts from the rectum and works backward.

The key to getting rid of the pain is getting medical attention right away. Sit down and have a discussion with your family doctor about your specific abdominal pain.

At Leavitt Family Medicine, we are here for you, for all of your medical needs. We welcome your questions and comments; Please let us know how we can help you today!
 

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