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Gastric Pain

Dr. John Hsiang, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

What is Gastric Pain?

Gastric pain, also known as stomach pain or abdominal pain, is a common health problem that can affect people of all ages. It refers to any discomfort, ache, or cramp in the stomach area, and can range from mild to severe.

In most cases, gastric pain is not a serious condition and can be treated with over-the-counter medications or simple lifestyle changes. However, if the pain is persistent or becomes more intense, it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires medical attention.

What are the Symptoms of Gastric Pain?

The symptoms of gastric pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. Some common symptoms include:

In some cases, you may also experience other symptoms like fever, chills, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these additional symptoms along with your gastric pain, it is important to seek medical attention.

What is a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy, also known as an Upper GI Endoscopy, is a procedure to examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

It is done by having a gastroscope safely inserted through the mouth and maneuvered by your Doctor.

A gastroscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. This gives your Doctor an internal view of your upper digestive system to detect abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or cancerous growths along the mucosal lining.

If your Doctor discovers these issues during an examination, they can remove any polyps or tissues to be sampled for further investigation.

What Are The Causes of Gastric Pain?

Gastric pain can be caused by various factors, including:

When Is It Time To Visit a Doctor?

In most cases, gastric pain can be managed at home with simple remedies. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a few days or become increasingly severe, it may be time to visit a doctor.

Additionally, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Why See a Gastro Doctor?

Consulting a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps obtain an accurate diagnosis, giving you peace of mind. It also helps detect and rule out more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.

At Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, our team ensures a smooth and comfortable consultation and diagnosis process, making the diagnosis process less daunting than you may think.

What happens during your procedure

Usually, a Gastroscopy is done while you are asleep due to the sedatives that will be administered to you. An anesthetic will also be sprayed into your throat to numb your swallowing sensation.

You will be placed on your side and given to wear a mouth guard to prevent yourself from biting on the scope. With the necessary preparations in place, your Doctor will proceed with the gastroscopy examination.

The whole procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes and you should be discharged within the same day. You will be advised not to drive or operate machinery for the day due to the drowsiness you may feel from the sedatives.

How Can Gastric Pain Be Treated?

The treatment for gastric pain depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, over-the-counter medications like antacids, gas relievers, and pain relievers can help alleviate symptoms.

If your symptoms are caused by food intolerances or allergies, it is important to identify and avoid trigger foods. For more serious conditions like ulcers or IBD, your doctor may prescribe medications or recommend lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms. Gastroscopy, blood test or scans may be required to confirm the diagnosis of the gastric pain.

In rare cases, surgery may be necessary for conditions like appendicitis or gallstones. Your doctor will discuss the best treatment plan for your specific case.

How To Relieve Gastric Pain

Some ways to relieve gastric pain at home include:

It is also important to stay hydrated and get enough rest while your body is healing. If home remedies do not provide relief or if your symptoms are severe, it is best to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and 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’s special clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening

Dr. John has 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.

Dedicated Insurance Support

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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Dr. John Hsiang is an Accredited Specialist Across All Private Hospitals in Singapore.