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What is Abdominal Pain Like?

Abdominal pain is a common experience that most people have  had at some point in their lives. It refers to any discomfort or pain that occurs in the area between the chest and pelvic regions, also known as the abdomen.

This includes organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and kidneys.

The sensation of abdominal pain can vary greatly, from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pains. It can also be intermittent or constant.

In addition to the physical discomfort, abdominal pain can also cause emotional distress and impact daily activities.

What Are The Causes of Abdominal Pain?

When It Is Serious

You may feel very bad pain if you are having gas or stomach cramps due to viral gastroenteritis, better known as a stomach virus. And some life-threatening conditions, such as colon cancer or a very early case of appendicitis, may cause only mild pain, or no pain at all.

There are many potential causes of abdominal pain, ranging from mild issues such as gas or indigestion to more serious conditions like appendicitis or ovarian cysts.


When It Is Less Serious

Abdominal pain can also be caused by less serious issues, such as food sensitivities, constipation, or acid reflux. These conditions may cause discomfort and inconvenience but are not typically considered life-threatening.

In some cases, abdominal pain can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. This is why it is important to pay attention to the type and intensity of abdominal pain, as well as any other accompanying symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Abdominal Pain?

In addition to the pain itself, several other symptoms may accompany abdominal pain. These can include:

The presence of these symptoms can help in determining the cause and severity of abdominal pain, and may also be used to diagnose an underlying condition.

When Is It Time To Visit a Doctor?

Since abdominal pain can be caused by a wide range of issues, it can sometimes be difficult to determine when a visit to the doctor is necessary.

However, if the pain is severe and sudden, or accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as vomiting blood or difficulty breathing, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

In general, if the abdominal pain persists for more than a few days, it is recommended to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Why see a Gastro Specialist?

Gastroenterologists are specialists who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to the digestive system, including abdominal pain. They have extensive knowledge and experience in identifying the underlying cause of abdominal pain and providing appropriate treatment.

Additionally, if the abdominal pain is related to a chronic digestive condition, a gastroenterologist can provide long-term management and support for the patient.

Consulting the right Gastro Specialist and getting an endoscopy done is not as scary as you may think. At Richmond Gastro, you can rest assured that our team will make the process of consultation and diagnosis as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Why see a Gastro Specialist?


Seeing a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps in getting an accurate diagnosis. When you know what is causing your symptoms, it gives you a peace of mind.

Seeing a Gastro Specialist also helps in detecting and ruling out any signs of more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.

Consulting the right Gastro Specialist and getting an endoscopy done is not as scary as you may think. At Richmond Gastro, you can rest assured that our team will make the process of consultation and diagnosis as smooth and comfortable as possible.

How Is Abdominal Pain Diagnosed?

A diagnosis may involve a physical exam, medical history review, and various tests such as blood work, imaging scans, or endoscopy. In some cases, a diagnosis may not be possible without surgical exploration.

If you experience severe or persistent abdominal pain, it is important to seek medical attention. Additionally, if your pain is accompanied by any other concerning symptoms such as fever, vomiting, or difficulty breathing, it is best to seek medical care right away.

How Can Abdominal Pain Be Treated?

The treatment for abdominal pain depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, it may be as simple as making dietary changes or taking medication for a temporary issue like gas or indigestion.

For more serious conditions, treatment may involve surgery or ongoing management of a chronic condition by a gastroenterologist. The important thing is to seek proper medical care and follow the recommended treatment plan.


How To Relieve Abdominal Pain

While seeking medical care is important for serious or persistent abdominal pain, some home remedies may help alleviate discomfort in milder cases. These may include:

It is important to note that not all home remedies will work for everyone, and it is always best to consult a doctor before trying any new treatment.

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About Dr. John Hsiang

MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)

Dr. John Hsiang is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public and private practice.

Dr John Hsiang’s special clinical interests are gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening

Dr John Hsiang spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.

Clinical interests:

Indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, helicobacter pylori infection, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, hepatitis B, fatty liver disease, management of abnormal liver tests.

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We understand that navigating the financial aspect of healthcare can be overwhelming. We welcome all patients with or without insurance and can assist with claims regardless of your personal or corporate insurance plan.

Here at Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, we strive to ensure the most efficient claims process for our patients. To that end, our team works diligently with their insurers to obtain Letters of Guarantee and pre-authorization certificates prior to any procedures.

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