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Abdominal Pain (Stomach Pain) in New Jersey

The Digestive Health & Nutrition Center has two convenient locations in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey where you can receive the exceptional care you deserve. Angela Merlo, MD is an experienced Gastroenterologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain in adults and children.

What is Abdominal Pain?

The abdomen is that part of the body under the chest and is the location of many organs including the appendix, kidneys, ovaries and spleen. The digestive organs that lie in the abdomen are the stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, and colon. Many people refer to pain in the abdomen as “stomach pain” but in reality the pain may be coming from another digestive organ. Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking a Gastroenterology specialist. Persistent abdominal pain can disrupt normal activities and create stress until the cause is determined and relief is obtained.

What are Causes of Abdominal Pain or “Stomach Pain”?

Abdominal pain that is mild, does not last long and does not recur is no cause for concern. However, abdominal pain that is more severe, recurring or persistent usually indicates an underlying disorder and should be investigated. A disorder in any of the organs contained in the abdomen can produce abdominal pain. That is why a specialist is necessary for the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Visit Digestive Disorders for a comprehensive view of possible causes of abdominal pain.

Dr. Merlo begins with a thorough history that will guide her investigation. Information that is very useful to Dr. Merlo includes:

  • Associated symptoms such as fever, rash, weight loss, nausea, change in bowel habits, blood in stool
  • Factors that worsen or improve the pain such as food, medications, physical activity or bowel movement
  • Family history of digestive disorders
  • History of abdominal surgery
  • Location of the pain
  • Menstruation cycle in females
  • Severity of the pain

What Tests Can I Expect?

Rest assured that Dr. Merlo will only order tests that are necessary. Dr. Merlo is dedicated to providing you with an accurate diagnosis and a proper treatment plan so you can have relief and return to normal activities as soon as possible.  The tests recommended will depend on Dr. Merlo’s impression of the underlying cause.  There are non-invasive solutions such as breath tests and capsule endoscopy as well as interventional procedures such as endoscopy and colonoscopy. Visit Gastroenterology Procedures for a comprehensive view of all the procedures available with Dr. Merlo at the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center.  Remember, the right test will lead Dr. Merlo to the right diagnosis so your pain can be relieved.

If you or your children are experiencing abdominal pain, contact the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center in Lawrenceville or Princeton, New Jersey for an appointment. Dr. Merlo is expert at the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain in adults and children. Dr. Merlo will expedite your care.