Abdominal Pain

Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists

Gastroenterology located in Aiea, HI & Honolulu, HI

When you have abdominal pain that just doesn’t seem to go away, it may be cause for concern. At Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists, the board-certified gastroenterologists can diagnose the cause of your pain and find a solution that works. From acute cases of irritable bowel syndrome to Crohn’s disease, this team of highly trained professionals works to prevent and treat your abdominal pain and get you back to feeling good. If you live in Honolulu or Aiea, Hawaii, call the office today or go online to schedule your initial consultation.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What Causes Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain can result from a wide range of conditions. Acute causes of abdominal pain can be as simple as eating too much or as serious as appendicitis. Chronic conditions range from irritable bowel syndrome to colorectal cancer.

Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain involve inflammation of the organs in the region, including your:

  • Small and large intestines
  • Kidneys
  • Appendix
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Pancreas


Your abdominal pain may be the result of a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection. Growths, blockages, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also cause abdominal pain, as can Crohn’s disease.

When Should You See the Doctor About Abdominal Pain?

While most abdominal pain goes away on its own, pain that doesn’t respond to treatment or becomes so severe it’s hard to function should be evaluated by a medical professional.

When your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, you have a loss of appetite, or a burning sensation when you urinate, call your gastroenterologist to make an appointment. The team at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists also recommends calling the office when you experience abdominal pain along with prolonged constipation, vomiting, or fever.

Immediate medical care may be necessary if your abdominal pain is accompanied by:

  • Pain in your chest
  • Bloody stools
  • A fever greater than 101°F
  • Vomiting up blood
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Difficulty breathing


Call 911 if you experience abdominal pain associated with a trauma or so severe you can’t stop moving.

How is the Cause of My Abdominal Pain Determined?

To determine the underlying cause of your abdominal pain, your gastroenterologist performs a thorough physical examination and reviews your medical history. They may ask you questions about your pain, what it feels like, and when it occurs.

Your doctor may also request certain tests or screening procedures to either diagnose or rule out conditions, such as:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Upper GI
  • Blood, urine, or stool samples
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasounds


After determining the root cause of your abdominal pain, your doctor creates an individualized treatment plan to address your specific condition and symptoms.

If abdominal pain interferes with your daily functioning, it’s time to take back your life. Call Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists today to book your initial consultation. You can even schedule your appointment online.