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A 32-year-old member asked:

what type of doctor should my wife see first for light abdominal pains?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Primary Care Doctor: There are hundreds of causes of abdominal pain which can be narrowed down to a handful by having your primary care doctor take a thorough history of your symptoms, supplemented by a careful physical exam. If necessary, this can be aided by certain tests such as a ct scan or ultrasound. In some cases, they may refer you to a gastroenterologist (stomach specialist) who may recommend endoscopy.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

I have abdominal pains every month on the left side, why?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
Monthly pains: Sounds like middlesmertz (sp) - monthly pain before ovulation. Does it seem to coincide with a regular point in your cycle?
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long can you continue to take "proton pump inhibiters" for abdominal pains?

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Dr. Donald Lipkis
Gastroenterology 48 years experience
For a long time: Proton pump inhibitors (ppi's) are very safe drugs with few side effects. However, they should only be taken for specific reasons, such as reflux disease, ulcer disease, or as a mucosal protective agent if you are taking medications such as Aspirin or nsaids (ie. Ibuprofen) and have had a gastrointestinal bleed or are at risk of a bleed. If they are not controlling your symptoms, stop the ppi.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes upper abdominal pains?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
"Laundry List": The list of different diseases that can cause upper abdominal pain is quite extensive, including gerd, ulcer dz, gallbladder dz, liver dz, cancer, irritable bowel, pancreatitis, to name a few. When trying to sort out this type of pain, a "face-to-face" evaluation is necessary, supplemented by lab+/-radiology tests. Best bet: c ur primary care dr.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Do you ever get abdominal pains after drinking?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Commonly: Its not uncommon to have such symptoms. Its a combination of alcohol toxicity and dehydration.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

When I wake up I always have abdominal pains. What does this mean?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Trapped gas: If you don't move much in your sleep, you may have some gas that is not travelling through your GI tract and resulting in abd discomfort. That being said, there may be more to it if it is not intermittent and not relieved by passage of gas. Depending on severity, duration, associated symptoms, and other factors, this could warrant an exam. Hope this helps!

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