7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC
Gastroenterology located in Ocala, FL
Almost everyone experiences abdominal pain at some point in their life, and in most cases, the pain isn’t due to a serious medical issue. However, if your abdominal pain is severe, getting worse, or not improving with time, then it may be time to schedule an appointment with the board-certified gastroenterologist, Vishnu Reddy, MD, at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, located in Ocala, Florida. Call the office today or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
Abdominal Pain Q & A
What is abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain is a general term used to describe any discomfort you experience between your chest and groin. The pain may be sharp, crampy, dull, or achy. You may also experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.
What are common causes of abdominal pain?
Your abdominal pain can develop from many causes. Some of the most common include:
- Gastroenteritis or food poisoning
- Food intolerance or allergy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Cancer of the stomach, colon, or other organs
- Liver disease
Abdominal pain can also result from gynecological causes, such as endometriosis, menstrual pain, or fibroids.
When should I see a gastroenterologist for abdominal pain?
Due to the many potential causes of your abdominal pain, you may wonder when it’s appropriate to visit the experts at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, for an evaluation. You may want to contact the office for your abdominal pain if you’re also experiencing:
- Bloody stools
- Bloating that lasts two or more days
- Diarrhea for five or more days
- Poor appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
In some cases, you may first visit your primary care physician, who may then suggest you contact the gastroenterology practice.
What can I expect during an evaluation for abdominal pain?
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, when you come to the office with concerns about abdominal pain. The gastroenterology specialists review your symptoms and medical history in detail and perform a physical exam that’s focused on your abdominal area.
Depending on the type and location of your pain, you may need to undergo further diagnostic testing, such as lab work, stool testing, urinalysis, X-rays, or MRIs.
The full-service gastroenterology practice may also suggest an endoscopy or colonoscopy to gather more information about your gastrointestinal system to better understand the cause of your symptoms. These procedures are performed at the state-of-the-art on-site facility, Central Florida Endoscopy & Surgical Institute of Ocala, LLC. Your specialist at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, provides specific instructions on how to prepare, as well as what to expect during and after the test.
Abdominal pain is most often not a serious health issue. However, if your pain is ongoing and affecting your quality of life, the specialists at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, offer advanced diagnostic testing to get the answers and treatment you need to resolve your discomfort. For an appointment, contact the office by phone or request one online today.