Whether you are four or forty, you have without a doubt experienced a stomach ache from time to time. However, when stomach pain is consistent there may be a bigger issue at hand. If this is something you have been experiencing, it is likely that a visit to West Gastroenterology Medical Group is needed. This is due to the commonality of stomach pain being a symptom of intestinal problems, inflammation or infection. You may also be experiencing stomach pain due to a number of diseases that you don’t even know you have such as: Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Lactose Intolerance.

Once you begin experiencing stomach pain on a regular basis, it is extremely important that you cease smoking and drinking alcohol. You should also try to avoid taking aspirin and other over-the-counter medications until your doctor can identify what is causing you to experience these symptoms.

So how do you know if your stomach pain is serious enough to warrant making an appointment with your gastroenterologist? If you have a fever that is greater than 101 degrees, if you notice that your skin or eyes have a yellowish hue, if you can feel swelling in your abdomen, if your vomit or stool contains blood or if you can’t move due to the pain. All of these are very important symptoms to take notice of and to disclose to your doctor once you arrive for your appointment.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, call your gastroenterologist at West Gastro today!