It’s common to take abdominal pain for granted. People frequently get by with self-treating minor or sharp aches with over-the-counter antacids or antiflatulent medications, but this can be a big mistake. Persistent abdominal pain, even if it is mild, must never be overlooked.
LivGastro, the leading gastroenterology clinic in Kolkata, is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract and liver. A big part of that is about raising awareness of the seriousness of gastrointestinal disorders, which include conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcerative colitis, and incurable oesophageal and colorectal cancer.
In many cases, early detection and preventive care are the best treatments. Gastric problems can lead to the most lingering, expensive, and painful medical experiences you can ever imagine. So keeping your health a priority and listening to your gut is the best way to deal with risks.
Abdominal pain depends on various factors, such as the location, severity, and duration of the pain, as well as the patient’s age, medical history, and other symptoms.
The abdomen not only carries the vital digestive organs like the stomach, liver, kidney, and intestines but also the “core muscles,” IVC blood vessels, and abdominal aorta branches.
So abdominal pain can mean so many things and involve the most complex systems of the human body. So popping antacids is not the ultimate solution to settle with.
LivGastro Clinic was the first to introduce integrative gastric treatments in Kolkata by Dr Vijay Kumar Rai, who is rated among the top 3 gastroenterologists in the city.
Over the course of our journey, we often come across situations where not knowing something or having misconceptions is the biggest disorder.
For example, we commonly encounter patients telling us that they suffer from “gastric pain” or that they have “gastric.”
While one could think that the patient is simply referring to their abdominal pain, they are actually referring to the disease. They don’t remember the name of the disease; they refer to the term “gastric” as the disease and treat their pain as the problem.
A big mistake and misconception.
Pain is only a symptom. It is not a disease. Below are the most common abdominal diseases. It starts with pain but needs more attention than pain treatment.
Gastroenteritis is also known as “stomach flu.” It may be brought on by a bacterial or viral infection and is frequently spread by ingesting contaminated food or water, causing inflammation. The most prominent signs are frequent nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, and watery stools.
While stomach flu is usually self-treatable and clears off in a few days on its own, it can also mean “Norovirus Infection” which could be contagious and even lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PI-IBS).
The prefix gastro- denotes the abdomen, and the suffix -itis denotes inflammation. Gastritis, therefore, means abdominal inflammation or stomach inflammation. It is undoubtedly brought on by the inflammation of the stomach lining, which is quite painful, especially after eating spicy foods.
Some of the most persistent causes of this inflammation are the repeated use of particular medications and excessive alcohol intake, with the same microorganism carrying a significant risk of developing stomach ulcers.
Continued irritants and medical malpractice can result in Crohn’s disease and other serious, life-threatening conditions for which it may be exceedingly challenging to obtain insurance coverage for treatment in India.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is an extremely common digestive disease that develops when stomach acid continuously runs back into the tube linking the mouth and esophagus – the process of acid reflux.
The esophageal lining may develop inflammation due to acid reflux. The common problem of “gastric” according to so many unknown patients.
GERD is extremely dangerous and must be treated as soon as possible. Untreated GERD increases the risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.
One of the most dangerous types of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) is Crohn’s disease. This is an incurable disease of the digestive tract that can disrupt the digestive system. You may occasionally experience chronic constipation, occasionally experience diarrhea, and occasionally have trouble holding your bowel movements. This can be extremely painful and stressful, and it even leads to life-threatening conditions.
Acute gastroenteritis continues to be a leading source of morbidity and mortality in both adults and children, despite being frequently seen as a benign disease.
You don’t have to consult with your doctor every time you experience abdominal pain. But do not neglect it when the pain keeps coming back.
Although over-the-counter medications can aid with mild to severe abdominal pain, they are not the ultimate solution. Don’t neglect the pain, if it persists, go see a doctor and make an effort to reduce your risk factors; that is the safest way out of any medical problem. Don’t wait for the worst.
An increasing body of research shows how integrated medical approaches can reduce symptoms of gastric disorders and, in some cases, even cure a disease.
Dr. Vijay Kumar Rai has extensive expertise in treating significant conditions like IBS and GERD with integrated treatment options. At LivGastro, we have a comprehensive care plan where we encourage and assist patients in leading holistic lives through mind-body therapy, dietary modifications, and lifestyle adjustments. Yet, without a conscience and prompt treatment, all medical possibilities are futile. Thus, when you have the chance, act out.
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