Todd B. Linden, MD, FACP
Gastroenterologist & Internist located in Soho, New York, NY
Few things can get in the way of a normal day more than abdominal pain. At Todd B. Linden MD FACP in Soho, Manhattan, Dr. Lindon has the skills and experience needed to diagnose and treat abdominal pain to help you feel more like yourself again. If you’re ready to find answers and begin exploring treatment options, call his New York City office or book an appointment online.
Abdominal Pain Q & A
What are some common causes of abdominal pain?
Virtually everyone will experience abdominal pain at one point or another. Often, the discomfort will pass and there’s no need for concern. For some men and women, however, abdominal pain lingers and becomes a problem that demands resolution.
Many different things can cause abdominal pain. Some are nothing more than gas or a mild case of food poisoning. Other potential causes include:
- Crohn’s disease
- Food allergies
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Diverticular disease
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Because there are so many possible causes for abdominal pain, it’s important to come in for a thorough diagnostic exam.
When should I see a doctor for abdominal pain?
Not every instance of abdominal pain needs professional care, but it can be hard to know when to call your doctor and when to try and wait it out.
If you experience abdominal pain that’s accompanied by chest pain or occurs after a recent injury, call 911 or head to the emergency room for immediate care.
You should schedule a visit with Dr. Linden if your abdominal pain is severe, if it continues for more than a couple of days, or if it returns multiple times. Other signs that a doctor visit is the right course of action include:
- Belly tenderness
- Inability to have a bowel movement
- Pain during urination
- Swollen belly
- Breathing difficulties
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Linden if you notice any of these changes.
What diagnostic tools are used for abdominal pain?
The first step in the diagnostic process is a discussion with Dr. Linden regarding your symptoms, your health history, and your lifestyle. Be prepared to provide details about when the pain occurs, how long it lasts, and what actions make the pain better or worse.
A physical exam follows, which allows Dr. Linden to assess any areas of tenderness. You may be asked to provide urine, blood, or stool samples. The results of these tests can reveal important information about how well your body is functioning.
Imaging can also play an essential role in the diagnostic process. An X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan may be needed. A surgical procedure called endoscopy can provide images of your internal tissues with only a few tiny incisions.
Rest assured that Dr. Linden has the tools and the experience needed to determine the cause of your abdominal pain and devise a customized treatment plan. When you’re ready to begin, schedule an appointment online or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.