Everyone since childhood has had abdominal pain. Most abdominal pains are temporary, and doctors can quickly diagnose and treat them. However, bellyaches can be a sign of a serious illness that can turn into a medical emergency. For instance, severe pain around the belly button, low-grade fever, and loss of appetite accompanied by nausea or vomiting are symptoms of appendicitis that require immediate medical attention.
Whether you have mild abdominal pain or serious stomach cramps, abdominal problems may have different origins. They can include the small and large intestines, gallbladder, urinary bladder, ovaries, autoimmune, ureters, kidneys, infections, and food allergies.
If you have been experiencing pain in your stomach for more than three months, you might have a condition called chronic abdominal pain or functional abdominal syndrome. Symptoms of concern include:
When and sometimes, but rarely, we don’t have a diagnosis and have ruled out ischemic bowel, perforations, infections, autoimmune, and the patient is incapacitated, the use of spinal cord stimulator/neuromodulation should be seriously considered to block abdominal pain and to minimize or avoid the use of opiates and narcotics.
Although spinal cord stimulators are not approved yet for chronic intractable abdominal pain, Dr. Minehart has been able to use this modality for some of his patients.
If you have chronic intractable abdominal pain, Dr. Minehart would be the ideal person to see at the Advanced Pain Institute.
On your appointment with Dr. Minehart, you may describe your abdominal pain as crampy, achy, dull, intermittent, or sharp. Abdominal pains described like these are also called a stomachache. Other types of abdominal pain include:
Abdominal pain can be caused by any inflammation or disease that affects any organs or blood vessels in the abdomen.
The causes of abdominal pain can include: