Abdominal Pain

Gastroenterology in Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim, CA

Abdominal Pain services offered in Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim, CA

Abdominal pain can be unbearable, especially when you have gallstones or ulcers. Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants in Santa Ana, Irvine, and Anaheim, California, can help if you develop abdominal pain. Their highly regarded doctors offer prompt, accurate diagnosis and expert treatment of the causes of abdominal pain. Call Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants today or book an appointment online for relief from abdominal pain.

Abdominal Pain Q&A

What causes abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain has many possible causes, including gastrointestinal conditions like:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Food allergies
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastric (stomach) ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Hernias
  • Gallstones
  • Celiac disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Diverticulitis

Other possible causes of abdominal pain include menstruation in women, kidney stones, and stress.

Should I see a doctor about my abdominal pain?

You should seek medical advice if your abdominal pain is severe or getting worse. You might need medical attention if you have specific other symptoms alongside abdominal pain, including:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Fever
  • Continual vomiting
  • No bowel movements
  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • Yellow skin

If you’re concerned about abdominal pain, call Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants for advice.

How is abdominal pain diagnosed?

To diagnose abdominal pain, your Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants doctor reviews your medical history, performs a thorough physical exam, and asks about your symptoms.

Accurately describing your pain helps with the diagnosis. For example, it could be sharp and stabbing or dull and aching. Abdominal pain might be continuous or come and go. Tell your doctor if anything makes the pain worse or better and if it stays in one place or spreads to other areas.

After your exam, your doctor might recommend diagnostic tests. These can include:

Lab tests

Lab tests include blood and stool sample analysis.

Breath tests

Breath tests measure the amount of certain gasses in your out-breath.

Diagnostic imaging

Diagnostic imaging includes abdominal ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These procedures produce highly detailed pictures of your internal organs and tissues that your doctor uses to identify gastrointestinal system problems.


Endoscopy is another way of viewing your gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor uses a flexible instrument fitted with a tiny camera to see inside your body.

An  EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) uses an endoscope that your doctor passes down your throat and into your stomach. Colonoscopy uses the same technique to examine the rectum and colon (large bowel). Wireless capsule endoscopy requires you to swallow a tiny camera in pill form that travels through your gastrointestinal tract.

The treatment for abdominal pain varies depending on what’s causing the problem. Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants offers a prompt, accurate diagnosis of abdominal pain and effective treatments of digestive system diseases.

Call Gastrointestinal & Liver Consultants today or book an appointment online for expert abdominal pain diagnosis and treatment.