Jeffrey Crespin, MD
Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Midtown West, New York, NY
Abdominal pain is a common problem that occurs for various reasons, including stomach bugs, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and acid reflux. Board-certified gastroenterologist Jeffrey Crespin, MD, and his team specialize in diagnosing and treating abdominal pain at his three New York City offices in Manhattan. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, Dr. Crespin can pinpoint the source of your discomfort and help you feel better. To schedule an appointment, call the offices in Midtown West, Midtown East, or the Upper East Side. You can also book your visit online today.
Abdominal Pain Q & A
What is abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain refers to any discomfort, aching, or tenderness that occurs between your chest and pelvic region. Many people refer to these symptoms as a stomachache, but that’s actually a misnomer. There are various organs in your abdominal region, including the appendix, spleen, liver, and intestines.
Most abdominal pain subsides with conservative, at-home measures like rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating a bland diet. If your problems last for a few days or get worse, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.
What are the types of abdominal pain?
A leading gastroenterologist, Dr. Crespin has expertise diagnosing and treating several types of abdominal pain, including:
Localized pain affects only one area of the abdomen. This type of abdominal pain typically occurs due to a problem with a particular organ. If you develop a stomach ulcer — an open sore in the lining of your stomach — you might experience localized pain.
Cramp-like abdominal pain comes and goes in waves. It typically subsides on its own and occurs due to diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or gas. Women may experience cramp-like pain due to menstruation or problems with their reproductive organs.
Colicky pain occurs suddenly. It’s intense and feels like a severe muscle spasm. Some of the most common causes of colicky abdominal pain are kidney stones and gallstones.
When should I see a doctor regarding abdominal pain?
Abdominal pain is a common problem that usually isn’t serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Crespin right away:
- Bloody stool
- High fever
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal swelling
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
- Persistent nausea
You should also seek professional medical help if you experience a loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
How is abdominal pain diagnosed?
To diagnose abdominal pain, Dr. Crespin conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle.
Afterward, he may order diagnostic imaging tests like an MRI or ultrasound. These tests provide detailed images of the organs, tissues, and other structures in your abdominal area.
If necessary, they might also recommend colonoscopy, endoscopy, or a special type of X-ray called an upper GI. If Dr. Crespin suspects a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection, he might also order blood, urine, or stool samples.
How is abdominal pain treated?
Treatment for abdominal pain depends on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team recommends conservative, holistic measures like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing your stress levels.
You might also benefit from prescription medications or, in severe instances, surgery.
If abdominal pain negatively affects your quality of life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Crespin. Book a consultation online or call the office nearest you today.