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By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
September 23, 2021
Tags: abdominal pain  

We've all struggled with stomach aches, some more troublesome than others, and a few that really worried us. There is a lot going on in the area around your abdomen including many important organs, muscle tissue that can become strained, and your gastrointestinal tract. Your lifestyle along with your health and family history all hold clues as to what the cause could be for your abdominal pain. The only way to know for sure what the underlying problem is, is by visiting your physician. Not every bellyache needs emergency intervention, your level of discomfort is a good guide to follow, but don't ignore any abdominal pain. Learn more about the possible issues that could be to blame by reaching out to your Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, gastroenterologist of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, Dr. Anubha Sinha.

Common Causes

Lifting heavy objects, especially if done incorrectly, or when lifting too much, can cause damage to the muscle tissues around your abdomen. The action can cause a muscle strain and possibly even a hernia. Organ failure can manifest in the form of abdominal pain from the kidneys, the appendix, and even the pain from a heart attack, among others.

What tends to be the most common source of stomach pain is problems with our digestion and with our gastrointestinal tract. The blame can fall on overeating, a virus, or an underlying condition.

Gastrointestinal Care in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ

Severe pain is a sign that you should seek immediate care, the more painful, the less you are able to just go about your daily activities and the quicker you need to see your doctor. In some instances, such as with appendicitis, visiting an emergency room is your best course of action. Just keep in mind not to ignore signs that something could be wrong.

What may seem like simple indigestion may not be so simple if it keeps coming back. An underlying chronic condition could cause recurring symptoms, so it's important not to ignore these either. Schedule a consultation with your gastroenterologist in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, Dr. Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, by dialing (908) 788-8200.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
November 25, 2020
Category: Digestive Health
Tags: abdominal pain  

Abdominal pain can be caused by several factors, including the stomach flu, intolerance to certain foods, or a condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Depending on the particular cause of your abdominal pain, you might experience cramps, generalized pain throughout your entire belly, or localized pain in one specific area of the stomach. Dr. Anubha Sinha, the experienced gastroenterologist at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ, can diagnose and treat your abdominal pain.

Causes of Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can result from a variety of causes. Examples of common reasons for stomach pain include overeating, gas, constipation, stress, and gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. Other causes include intolerance to certain foods, muscle strain, and food poisoning. Abdominal pain could also be the result of an underlying medical condition or disease, such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcers
  • Certain cancers

In addition to the examples provided here, there can be other causes of abdominal pain as well. It is best to see the skilled gastroenterologist at our office in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ for an accurate diagnosis of your stomach pain. Dr. Sinha can determine if the pain is due to an underlying medical condition and develop a treatment plan for you.

When to See a Gastroenterologist

Some causes of abdominal pain, such as overeating or food intolerance, can often be treated at home with over-the-counter antacid medications. Chronic or severe abdominal pain could be an indication of a more serious condition and is best treated by a medical professional, such as a gastroenterologist. Contact our office in Hillsborough right away to see the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe stomach pain
  • Recurring or persistent stomach pain
  • Pain that gets worse when you move
  • Develop a fever in conjunction with abdominal pain
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting

If you are experiencing abdominal pain, we can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anubha, our knowledgeable Gastroenterologist, call Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ at (908) 788-8200. In-person appointments, virtual visits, and telemedicine appointments are available.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
January 02, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: FODMAPs   abdominal pain  

Do you suffer from significant gas, bloating, change in bowel habits, or abdominal pain?
 
FODMAPs or Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides, And Polyols are a large group of dietary sugars. fodmapFODMAPs can be poorly absorbed in the gut and can cause significant gas, bloating, change in bowel habits, and abdominal discomfort in some people.
 
 
    A Closer Look at FODMAPs
 
FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates:
 
Fructose is a monosaccharide.  It is found in certain fruits, honey and some high fructose corn syrups. Most people absorb fructose, but around 30-40% of all people do not properly absorb excess fructose.
 
Lactose is a disaccharide found in milk and milk products. People who lack the enzyme, Lactase, cannot properly absorb lactose.
 
Polyols (e.g. sorbitol, mannitol) are found in some fruits, vegetables and are sometimes added as artificial sweeteners. Sorbitol and mannitol are the most common polyols in the diet. In most people, they are not completely absorbed in the small intestines.
 
Oligosaccharides (Fructans and Galacto-Oligosaccharides) are found in wheat, rye, onions, garlic, legumes, and lentils. These types of sugars are malabsorbed in everyone and fermented by bacteria in the large intestines. They are thought to have a positive benefit on the gut bacteria. However, in certain people who have a hypersensitive gut they may cause significant discomfort when consumed in larger amounts.
 
Look out for our next blog which takes a closer look at which foods contain FODMAPs!
For further discussion of FODMAPs and whether a low FODMAP diet may benefit you, please call Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists, Tel (908) 788-8200.

An appointment can be scheduled at:

Flemington Office: 267 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822

Hillsborough Office: 203 Omni Dr, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 

*The above facts are based on published data from Monash University, Department of Gastroenterology.