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Abdominal Pain Specialist

Albert M. Harary, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Midtown East/Upper East Side, New York, NY

Many people experience occasional abdominal pain, often due to gas or bloating. But if your pain is persistent, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Albert M. Harary at his Manhattan gastroenterology practice in Midtown East/Upper East Side as soon as possible. Dr. Harary specializes in diagnosing and treating abdominal pain affecting your gastrointestinal tract, offering a variety of advanced treatments, including medications and surgical recommendations, to relieve your pain and protect your gastrointestinal health. If you live in or New York City, learn more about available treatment options for abdominal pain by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

This information is intended only to provide general guidance. It does not provide definitive medical advice. It is important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.

What causes abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain can be the result of any number of internal issues affecting your abdominal organs, including your:

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder
  • Small or large intestine

These organs may be swollen and inflamed or have structural issues or blockages that result in pain in your abdominal area. Your pain may also originate from tumors or cysts.

When should I seek medical care for abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain that results from gastrointestinal issues can indicate a serious medical problem is present, and ignoring your symptoms can lead to other health concerns.

Dr. Harary recommends scheduling an evaluation if you experience persistent abdominal pain that lasts longer than two weeks. You should also seek medical advice if your abdominal pain is reducing your quality of life and interfering with your ability to work or go about your normal activities.

By getting an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible, Dr. Harary has the opportunity to provide treatment early and help prevent additional medical problems from developing.

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

Dr. Harary first discusses your symptoms, the location of your pain, and how long the pain has been present. This conversation can help him determine what may be causing your abdominal pain and he can order specific tests to confirm a diagnosis or rule out underlying medical conditions.

In addition to reviewing your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Harary performs a physical examination, checking your abdomen and internal organs for abnormalities such as lumps or protrusions. He may also order imaging tests such as an MRI or ultrasound to get a better look at your internal structures.

In some cases, Dr. Harary may require a more invasive test, such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy, that gives him close-up look at your gastrointestinal tract. Through these tests, he can identify abnormalities or blockages that may be causing your pain.

What treatment options are available for abdominal pain?

Depending on your specific diagnosis, Dr. Harary creates a customized treatment plan to address your pain and improve your quality of life.

Initially, he may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to improve your symptoms if your pain stems from conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis.

If your pain originates from food allergies or intolerances, Dr. Harary may recommend an elimination diet to help you determine which foods are causing your discomfort or abdominal pain.

Dr. Harary may prescribe medications to soften your stool to help you evacuate your bowels if your pain is the result of severe constipation.

Don’t delay treatment for persistent abdominal pain. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Harary.

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