Treatments for Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain treatments depend on the cause or condition that led to the pain. Treatments for abdominal pain can range from conservative therapies like acupuncture, biofeedback and personal lifestyle changes to more aggressive means, such as nerve blocks and medications to manage or reverse certain conditions. Your doctor at Balcones Pain Consultants will work with you to find the safest and most effective treatment for your abdominal pain.
Biofeedback and Acupuncture
Biofeedback is a noninvasive technique involving electrical sensors that provide feedback about the body’s functions, such as heart rate, temperature, sweating and blood pressure. Individuals can use this information to make subtle changes in their body functions, thereby improving their overall health. Biofeedback can teach you to relax certain muscles, for example, in order to reduce chronic pain related to stress or gastrointestinal issues. Biofeedback can be an essential component of treating abdominal pain from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation and several other conditions.
Acupuncture is another noninvasive technique that can be effective at treating pain. This ancient healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine involves stimulating specific points on the body with extremely fine, sterile needles. Acupuncture can be a beneficial component of treatment for abdominal pain conditions ranging from gastroenteritis to ulcerative colitis.
Many causes of abdominal pain can be managed with personal lifestyle changes. The caring experts at Balcones Pain Consultants work with patients to identify pain triggers related to lifestyle choices and generate a personalized plan to modify those choices for a positive outcome. Mild stool softeners or laxatives can be very effective for abdominal pain from constipation, for example, especially when paired with lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, drinking more water and incorporating high-fiber foods into the diet.
When lactose intolerance, food allergies or IBS are causing recurrent abdominal pain, dietary changes are also important to address the underlying problem. The same is true for kidney stones, which can be alleviated and even prevented by eliminating certain foods and ingredients from the diet while substituting others.
Treatment with Medication
When abdominal pain is caused by inflammation, infection or ulcers, medication may be needed to manage or reverse the symptoms. Certain medications can also be helpful in managing chronic conditions like IBS. Treatment for severe menstrual cramps, especially those caused by endometriosis, might include pain medications as well as supplemental hormone therapy.
Treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease depends on the severity of the condition, and normally includes medication along with dietary changes to address nutritional deficiencies. Treatment for Crohn’s disease may require medications that suppress the immune system’s inflammatory response. These medications provide symptom relief and also allow the intestinal tissue to heal.
Gallstones can sometimes be dissolved with medication, but some people will need gall bladder removal surgery to alleviate gallstone pain.
When seeking treatment for abdominal pain at Balcones Pain Consultants, it’s important to note not only the location of your pain but also whether it is mild or intense, dull or sharp, or achy or cramp-like. Also be sure to note whether discomfort is constant or intermittent, and if intermittent, what foods, conditions or other triggers seem to aggravate the pain. These symptoms can help your healthcare provider at Balcones Pain Consultants determine the appropriate treatment.
If your abdominal pain is severe or accompanied by vomiting and constipation, bloody stools, fever or marked tenderness in the abdomen, you may have a severe condition requiring immediate medical attention.
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