Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can come from one of the various organs in the abdominal cavity, including the stomach, the intestines, the colon, the liver, the gallbladder, the spleen, or the pancreas. While abdominal pain can come from multiple organs, it is also true that various health-related conditions can cause abdominal pain. Pain can vary in intensity, duration, and frequency. In some cases, abdominal pain may be acute and go away on its own, but in other cases, it may be chronic and occur intermittently.

In general, abdominal pain is mild, and gas, digestive troubles, or a pulled muscle most often cause it. In other cases, abdominal pain can be the result of a serious and potentially life threatening medical condition, such as appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, heart attack, or diverticulitis. These acute conditions can cause abdominal pain, but chronic pain in the abdomen may have other medical causes, such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome. A doctor can help you to determine the cause of your abdominal pain, as well as an appropriate course of treatment, if needed.

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Which treatments or medications are typically used for abdominal pain?

The course of treatment for abdominal pain will depend upon the cause of your pain. Sometimes, pain may be temporary and be the result of a minor issue like eating a large meal. In this case, abdominal pain will probably resolve on its own. On the other hand, if abdominal pain is from a serious condition, you may require surgery or emergency medical care to treat the condition. For mild cases of abdominal pain caused by gas or indigestion, a doctor may prescribe medications or recommend lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress, eating smaller portions, and eliminating certain foods from your diet.

Should I be worried about abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain is generally nothing to be too concerned about, since it is often the result of gas or indigestion, which can be treated through over-the-counter medications or dietary changes. On the other hand, abdominal pain can sometimes signal a serious or potentially life-threatening problem that constitutes a medical emergency.

How will I know that abdominal pain is serious?

In rare cases, abdominal pain is a medical emergency. If your abdomen is tender to the touch, or your pain lasts longer than a few hours, it may be serious. Unexplained weight loss, yellow skin, pain during pregnancy, vomiting blood, bloody or tarry bowel movements, difficulty breathing, swelling in the stomach, and chest pain are also signs that abdominal pain may be serious. In these cases, you could be in need of emergency medical treatment, so it is critical that you call 911 or go to an emergency department immediately.

Common Symptoms

  • “When I eat a large, greasy meal, I suffer from a belly ache soon after.”
  • “Sometimes I suffer from constipation that makes me feel uncomfortably bloated.”
  • “I get severe belly cramps that make it difficult for me to go about my day.”

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Lord knows having a colonoscopy is zero fun. The prep nearly did me in. But after arriving at suite 270 every single person was pleasant and efficient. The attention to cleanliness in the office is very apparent and appreciated. Every employee introduced themselves by name, apologized for an IV that took two tries and made sure I was as comfortable as can be before I was ready to leave. However, I’m going to enjoy every minute of the five years before I need to return!

Marie C.

I have been here several times and have always been treated great. The receptionist are so kind and the nurses are wonderful so is the anesthesia person are so kind and answers any concerns you might have. My Dr Bologna is awesome. This is the place to go if you need endoscopy or colonoscopy. Thank all the staff for being so kind

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Our Doctors

We’re proud of our team here at Digestive Health Institute. Our health care providers include some of the very best colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and physician assistants. To learn more about our qualified team of specialists, please visit our providers page.

Anezi E. Bakken MD, MS

Sante D. Bologna MD, FACP

M. Emin Donat MD, FRCPC

Freeha Khan MD

Partha S. Nandi

Leonard G. Quallich III MD

Jack Tocco DO

John R. Weber MD

Richard T. Wille MD

Tusar Desai MD

Aalia Saeed, MD


What happens during my first visit?
If you are a new patient, you can expect to have a complete physical exam. You will also be asked detailed questions about your current problems and your past medical history, your current medications, allergies, your family history and other pertinent medical information. If you are taking medications, please bring a completed medical history form with you to your appointment. Once the physician has reviewed your medical information and completed the physical examination, a plan of care will be developed. You may need to be seen again in the office, be referred back to your family physician for follow-up care, or require additional testing. If additional tests are needed, we will assist you in scheduling these tests.
What if I need to schedule an endoscopic procedure?

An endoscopic procedure allows the physician to visualize a part of your gastrointestinal tract with a special instrument called an endoscope. If your family physician has ordered testing, you will be contacted by telephone by one of our staff members. If a physician orders testing and you are in the office, the procedure can generally be scheduled during the course of your visit. You will be given a date, time, and location for the test, as well as written instructions telling you how to prepare for the test. If you have any questions about the procedure, please feel free to ask one of our staff members or the physician.

How do I get test results?

We ask that you wait 10 to 14 days before contacting us for results. Often results come from several different sources. This information needs to be compiled and reviewed by your physician before you can be appropriately advised. 

What insurances do you accept?

We accept payment from most insurance companies including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Physicians Health Plan, Cofinity, Sparrow Professional Health Network, Medicaid, McLaren, Health Plus, and several others. Accepted insurances are subject to change at any time without notice.

If your insurance requires an authorization from your primary care physician, you may be asked to assist us in obtaining this authorization.

All patients are responsible for all copays and deductibles at the time of service.

If you have any questions regarding your benefits or insurance coverage, please contact our Billing Department at 248-844-9710.

What if I need to contact the doctor?

To contact your doctor during business hours please call our main number 248-844-9710. If you have an urgent need to speak with the doctor after hours, you will be rerouted to our after hours answering service, and your doctor will be paged. In the case of a medical emergency please proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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