The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Advertising - Cen­ter for Di­ges­tive Health 34940 Ridge Rd. #B Wil­loughby, OH 44094 (440) 953-1899 www.cd­hwilloughby.com Michael Kirsch, MD, FACP

Q: Could it be Ab­dom­i­nal Pain Syn­drome? Symp­toms, Types and More

A: We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced a stom­achache, but have you ever won­dered if your ab­dom­i­nal pain was some­thing more se­ri­ous? Maybe you have acute ab­dom­i­nal pain, last­ing only a few hours to a week or per­haps you have chronic ab­dom­i­nal pain, last­ing three or more months. We get phone calls all the time from pa­tients with stom­ach dis­tress who want to know if their pain might be se­ri­ous. Some “red flag” symp­toms that should prompt med­i­cal at­ten­tion in- clude: fever, di­ar­rhea, per­sis­tent con­sti­pa­tion, bloody stools, per­sis­tent nau­sea or vom­it­ing, vom­it­ing blood, se­vere belly ten­der­ness and in­creas­ing pain. The most com­mon con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with ab­dom­i­nal pain in­clude: Ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome (IBS), a con­di­tion that af­flicts 10-15% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion. While un­com­fort­able, this con­di­tion does not pose a threat.

Pep­tic Ul­cer Dis­ease – This is a com­mon cause of acute and even chronic ab­dom­i­nal pain.

Gall­stones – Com­mon ex­pla­na­tion for acute ab­dom­i­nal pain.

Pan­cre­ati­tis – Of­ten as­so­ci­ated with gall­stones and al­co­hol abuse. Typ­i­cally causes se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain ra­di­at­ing to­wards the back.

Diver­ti­c­uli­tis – a com­mon in­fec­tion of the large in­tes­tine.

Ap­pen­dici­tis – Com­mon in younger folks, but can oc­cur at any age.

Con­sti­pa­tion – can cause pain se­vere enough for Emer­gency Room care. Are you are con­cerned about episodes of ab­dom­i­nal pain? I rec­om­mend you con­tact my of­fice for an ap­point­ment so I can de­ter­mine the cause of your ab­dom­i­nal pain and help de­velop a treat­ment plan. For your con­ve­nience, you may re­quest an ap­point­ment on­line at www. cd­hwilloughby.com

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