Stomach pain makes it difficult to do the things you enjoy. Although over-the-counter remedies can be helpful in treating pain, sometimes these medications are strong enough to handle your symptoms. Your gastroenterologists, at Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC in Troy, MI, share information on symptoms and treatments for several stomach ailments, including ulcerative colitis.
Nearly everyone suffers from indigestion at some point in their lives. When pain, burning and a feeling of fullness strike during or after a meal, an over-the-counter antacid medication can help ease symptoms. Your gastroenterologist may also suggest medications that help reduce stomach acids, such as proton pump inhibitors or H2 receptor antagonists.
Gastritis causes abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, indigestion and other unpleasant symptoms. Bacterial and viral infections can cause gastritis, as can stress, medication side effects or drinking large amounts of alcohol. If your gastritis is caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor antagonists can also help treat gastritis.
Small pouches form in the lining of your digestive tract when you have diverticulosis. If those pouches become inflamed or infected, you may experience abdominal pain, tenderness, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Oral antibiotics are usually very effective in treating infections, although surgery may be needed in severe cases.
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause sores in your rectum and large intestine. If you have this disease, you may experience abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, rectal bleeding or pain, fever, weight loss, changes in bowel habits and fatigue.
Anti-diarrheal medications can help relieve severe diarrhea while acetaminophen is recommended for pain relief, as other common pain relievers, such as naproxen sodium or ibuprofen, can make your symptoms worse. Prescription anti-inflammatory medications help reduce pain and other symptoms caused by inflammation. Remicade, a medication that stops the immune system from producing too much TNF-alpha protein, is effective in slowing or stopping damage from the disease and may even lead to a remission. In severe cases, ulcerative colitis can be life-threatening. In these cases, surgery to remove the colon and rectum may be needed.
Do you suffer from ulcerative colitis or another painful stomach condition or disease? Find out how a gastroenterologist can help you by calling your Troy gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Specialists, PC, at (248) 273-9930.