Common Causes of Stomach Pain

Dr. Seecoomar specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal problems using traditional and innovative practices. Stomach pain can be caused by a number of issues. By setting an appointment and talking with Dr. Seecoomar, patients will receive a full evaluation of their stomach problems and the next steps on treating symptoms and healing the underlying problems.

While an upper endoscopy is sometimes necessary when diagnozing and treating a patient’s symptoms, Dr. Seecoomar will first try to understand all the dynamics of the patient’s problems and solve these problems without the need for medication or invasive procedures. Patients appreciate Dr. Seecoomar’s dynamic approach to healing symptoms.

 

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Common Stomach Problems

  • Indigestion – That burning in your throat is no fun

    Indigestion is one of the most frequently discussed problems Dr. Seecoomar’s patients have when visiting him for the first time. Patients often feel a discomfort in the top of their abdomen or further up in their chest. At times, some patients have reported feeling their heart beat irregularly; however, indigestion does not impact the heart but can make it feel irregular due to the proximity of the organ to the body’s digestive system.

  • Gas – Feeling your abdomen swell up and bloat

    Feeling your abdomen swell up and bloat is not a pleasant feeling no matter the time of day. If you are able to go to the toilet and open your bowels and pass wind in a way that relieves the symptoms of stomach problems you’re having, then a lifestyle change in eating may be the first step in addressing your discomfort. However, chronic gas is something that may require further research and evaluation. Dr. Seecoomar specializes in procedures such as colonoscopy, which can help to diagnose chronic gas and mitigate its discomfort caused to the patient.

  • Constipation – Needing to go and not going

    Constipation is one of the most persistent stomach problems in people of all ages. Women are especially susceptible to issues with the bowels. Dr. Seecoomar specializes in evaluating those cramps and pains occurring in the lower abdomen. While constipation may seem a minor inconvenience that can be corrected by over-the-counter medicines, ongoing problems with constipation should be addressed by a doctor.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – Major discomfort

    IBS is a wide-ranging problem where general discomfort plagues patients who feel that their abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation is chronic. Symptoms are often inconsistent. However, Symptoms can be quite variable and include abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Symptoms tend to come and go. There are no known cures for IBS but the symptoms can be treated and diagnosis can be a relief to sufferers who may mitigate the problems through diet, lifestyle and lowering stress.

  • Appendicitis – More dangerous and painful than you think

    Appendicitis is caused by the swelling of the appendix. While the appendix is not thought to be of vital need to the human body, removal requires invasive surgery. The pain usually begins over the middle part of the abdomen and will rise toward the patient’s right hip. An appendicitis is not only extremely painful, but it can also be lethal if gone untreated.

  • Kidney stones – So painful your knees buckle

    One of the more painful problems afflicting people of all ages, kidney stones are evasive and can come and go. The pain is typically in the back and can travel around the side to your groin where the stone may eventually be passed. In some cases the stone may be too big to be passed naturally and treatments are available for breaking up the stone. Common symptoms also include difficulty urinating and blood.

  • Urine infection – Not just a problem for women

    Although commonly thought of as problems occurring in women, men also get these infections which cause pain, fever and nausea in both sexes. This type of stomach problem typically results in a sharp burning sensation when passing urine and there may also be blood. Treatments for urine infections are typically done using medication.

  • Gallstones – Frequently caused by fatty diets

    Gallstone problems typically occur in the upper right side of the abdomen and may not be immediately felt by its sufferer. The pain is usually just below the ribs and will subside if the gallstone is pushed out into the bile duct or if it remains in the gallbladder. Sever pain may be intense and sustained or passive and occasional. Fatty diets are often associated with flareups, but there are other causes patients should contact their doctor about if they think they are suffering from a gallstone infection.

  • Menstrual Symptoms – A painful reminder that you’re a woman

    Periods tend to get less painful for women as they get older, but irregular periods are something that women should see their doctors about, especially if they are experiencing excessive pain and bleeding. While medication and birth control pills may mitigate the issues experienced, women should seek professional advice if chronic problems persist.

  • Stomach and duodenal ulcers – Usually addressed with antibiotics

    Ulcers are typically caused by a bacterium that can be treated with prescription drugs. Peptic ulcers often flare up on the top part of the patient’s gut but also may feel like they are in his or her backside. At times the pain comes in the middle of the night and wakes up the sufferer. Food, drink and alcohol and tobacco are know to aggravate ulcers.

  • Crohn’s disease – A chronic problem of the colon

    Crohn’s disease creates stomach problems of all kinds in its sufferers. Common symptoms for those who experience its wrath include diarrhea, cramps and a variety of digestive issues. The disease requires extensive care and medical attention.

  • Gastritis – When your whole stomach seems sick

    Gastritis is when the stomach lining becomes inflamed in the upper abdomen below your chest. The pain can feel similar to heartburn and accompany nausea, vomiting and fever. Gastritis is typically the result of another ailment and should be seen as a symptom of bigger issues that should be immediately addressed by a gastroenterologist.