Jonathan S Pourmorady, MD
Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Los Angeles, CA & Garden Grove, CA
Abdominal pain can range from irritating to debilitating, affecting key parts of your daily routine such as work or social functions. At Gastro90210, with locations in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles and Garden Grove, California, board-certified gastroenterologist Jonathan Pourmorady, MD, is adept at diagnosing the root cause of your abdominal pain and prescribing the appropriate course of treatment. If you experience a prolonged case of abdominal pain or associated symptoms such as fever or diarrhea, call either office or use online booking to schedule your visit.
Abdominal Pain Q & A
What are the common causes of abdominal pain?
There are a variety of conditions that can cause abdominal pain. In many cases, the pain subsides on its own relatively quickly. Other times, the pain recurs and develops into chronic abdominal pain.
Some less serious causes of abdominal pain include:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Food allergies or intolerance such as celiac disease, or gluten intolerance
- Food poisoning
- Stomach flu
If you’re experiencing chronic abdominal pain, it’s important to have your situation reviewed by a medical professional, since more serious cases of abdominal pain could indicate major problems, such as colon cancer.
How is abdominal pain diagnosed?
When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Pourmorady discusses your symptoms with you, reviews your medical history, and performs a comprehensive physical exam. He may ask about where your pain is located, how severe it is, and if you’ve noticed any patterns or dietary and lifestyle factors that make the pain worse.
Dr. Pourmorady may then opt for screenings, such as X-rays, CT scans, blood work, or a colonoscopy, depending on initial discussions. Getting an accurate diagnosis is key in treating abdominal pain.
How is abdominal pain treated?
Treatment for abdominal pain is wide-ranging and depends on your diagnosis. In less serious cases, the team at Gastro90210 may recommend home-care techniques to relieve abdominal pain. If Dr. Pourmorady ends up suspecting a food intolerance, he’ll recommend dietary modifications, help you implement them, and monitor how the changes affect your abdominal pain.
For more serious diagnoses, such as colon cancer, Dr. Pourmorady discusses the next steps, including effective medications or surgical techniques.
When should I see a doctor about my abdominal pain?
When dealing with abdominal pain, the key is knowing when you need to seek medical intervention. In general, if your abdominal pain is sudden, severe, and accompanied by additional troublesome symptoms, such as fever or vomiting, you need to see the expert team at Gastro90210.
Cases of chronic abdominal pain lasting longer than a couple of weeks also require medical attention, and abdominal pain coupled with blood in your stool is also almost always a telltale sign of something serious.
If you’re suffering from abdominal pain, make an appointment at Gastro90210 by calling either office today or using the online booking feature.