Have you been having abdominal pain? Your Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, gastroenterologists at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada can determine the source of your pain and offer helpful treatments.
Common causes of abdominal pain
Abdominal pain can be caused by these conditions and diseases:
- Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis occurs when small pouches in the lining of your digestive tract become inflamed or infected. In addition to abdominal pain, symptoms can include fever, abdominal tenderness, nausea, and vomiting.
- Gastritis: Gastritis can cause abdominal pain or tenderness, nausea, vomiting, a full feeling in your abdomen after eating, and indigestion. The condition occurs when the lining of your stomach becomes inflamed. Gastritis can be caused by stress, too much alcohol, medication side effects, and bacterial or viral illnesses.
- Gallstones: Hard, stone-like deposits called gallstones can cause pain if they block bile ducts in your gallbladder. If you have gallstones, you may notice pain in the center or upper right of your abdomen, in your right shoulder, or between your shoulder blades. Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting.
- Lactose Intolerance: Does your pain start soon after you eat or drink foods that contain dairy products? You may have lactose intolerance, a condition that occurs due to an inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. Lactose intolerance can also cause cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD): If you have heartburn two or more times per week or severe heartburn at least once a week, you may have GERD. The condition occurs when strong stomach acids flow backward into the esophagus. In addition to heartburn, symptoms may also include nausea, coughing, bad breath, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth, belching, hoarse voice, or trouble swallowing.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine, causing abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (IBD): Unlike IBS, IBD doesn't just cause abdominal pain but may damage your digestive tract. The most frequently diagnosed conditions are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. IBD may also cause nausea, diarrhea, cramps, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Other Diseases and Conditions: Other causes of abdominal pain include indigestion, constipation, appendicitis, food poisoning, an intestinal blockage, pelvic inflammatory disease, a hernia, cancer, endometriosis, kidney stones, pancreatitis, or a urinary tract infection.
If you have abdominal pain often or your pain is severe, it's a good idea to pay a visit to the Las Vegas or Henderson gastroenterology office. Depending on your diagnosis, your gastroenterologists can offer medications and other treatments that will ease your pain and help you manage your condition or symptoms.
Do you have abdominal pain? Call your gastroenterologists in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, at (702) 483-4483 to schedule your appointment.