Abdominal Pain Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

Abdominal pain is one of the most common pain complaints that patients see the doctor for today. At Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia, empathetic physician Stephen M. Herman, MD, gets to the bottom of your abdominal pain to make sure you get relief fast. Use the online booking tool to arrange your appointment now, or call the office to schedule today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

There are many possible causes of abdominal pain, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and reflux esophagitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastritis
  • Colitis

To get long-term relief for your abdominal pain, you've first got to find out its cause. Dr. Herman is a highly-experienced internal medicine physician who can diagnose you and then treat your issue right away.

What is GERD?

GERD is a disease in which your stomach acids move the wrong way — up, instead of down — and irritate your esophageal lining. In GERD, you can have reflux esophagitis, which makes it hard to swallow and often causes chest pain. In some cases of GERD, you may also have abdominal pain and bloating.

Treatment for GERD depends on the severity and how your symptoms affect you. Dr. Herman may recommend lifestyle changes like weight loss, dietary changes, and avoiding alcohol.

Dr. Herman may recommend an over-the-counter antacid for occasional GERD, and if you need further treatment, Dr. Herman may prescribe medication to control acid production, medication that helps your damaged esophagus heal, or different antacids.

What is peptic ulcer disease?

Peptic ulcer disease, in which you grow sores (ulcers) inside your stomach lining and small intestine, is a common cause of abdominal pain. You may also experience stomach burning, bloating, heartburn, and nausea.

Dr. Herman can prescribe antibiotics if bacteria causes your peptic ulcer disease. Other treatment options include stomach acid neutralizers, medicine to coat your stomach lining, and medication to stop your stomach acid production so your ulcers can heal.

What is gastritis?

If you have gastritis, your stomach lining is irritated. In erosive gastritis, your stomach lining wears down and you may develop peptic ulcer disease. Gastritis can cause serious abdominal pain, and may also cause nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Herman can prescribe medicine to control stomach acid production or antacids to neutralize your stomach acids for symptom relief.

What is colitis?

Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that often causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, and sometimes constipation and bloody stool. The medications for colitis can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, corticosteroids, and sometimes biologic drugs.

If abdominal pain is affecting your quality of life, get the help you need now. Use the online appointment maker or call the office of Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC for help today.