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Abdominal Pain Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD, Gambrills, MD & Chester, MD

Abdominal pain, especially when you don’t know what is causing it, can be unsettling as well as uncomfortable. At Digestive Disorders Associates, your medical team is experienced and equipped to assess and thoroughly investigate the cause of your pain. If you would like to get to the bottom of your abdominal discomfort, call or book your appointment online at one of the offices in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What is abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is characterized by discomfort of any kind in the area of the belly, between the breast line and pelvis. The quality, duration and location of your pain can vary, depending on the underlying cause of your pain.

Your pain may have a variety of qualities, and it can be described in a number of ways, including:

  • Burning or stabbing
  • Nausea or cramping
  • Sharp or dull
  • Intermittent or constant
  • Worsening (progressing)
  • Sudden or gradual
  • Isolated or diffuse

This discomfort may also be accompanied by other symptoms like:

  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal stools
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite

In order to determine the cause of your abdominal pain, your doctor will ask a number of questions that will help them to get a thorough picture of your symptoms.


What can be the cause of my abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain at some point is very common for most people. Usually, it’s not serious and will resolve on its own. When it doesn’t, it’s important to have a team of medical professionals that will help you correctly diagnose the cause of your abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain can have a number of causes, some mild and some more severe, like:

  • Constipation
  • Stomach flu
  • Appendicitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Hernia
  • Ulcers
  • Hepatitis
  • Irritable bowel disorders
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease

Your doctor at Digestive Disorders Associates is experienced and knowledgeable about finding the exact cause of your abdominal pain.


How can my abdominal pain be diagnosed?

The team at Digestive Disorders Associates is well equipped to explore the cause of your abdominal pain. In addition to a thorough health history and physical exam, the health care professionals can perform a number of diagnostic tests, including capsule endoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy, in their office.

At their Annapolis endoscopy center, the Maryland Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endo Center (MDTEC), they also have the capability to further explore and treat the cause of your pain using:

  • Open access colonoscopy
  • Cancer screening
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Liver biopsy
  • Upper GI endoscopy

Getting to the bottom of your abdominal pain is the highest priority for your doctor at Digestive Disorders Associates. They will work diligently to help diagnosis and treat your pain, whatever the cause.

If you would like to get a cause of your abdominal pain, call or book your appointment online today.