Abdominal Pain

Nearly everyone has abdominal pain from time to time. But when it becomes chronic, abdominal pain can be almost disabling in the way that it disrupts your activities and changes your outlook and lifestyle. At Deep Well Health Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clinical hypnotherapist Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH, treats patients with abdominal pain through an integrative, patient-oriented approach to restore function and relieve discomfort. Call the practice or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Abdominal Pain Q & A

What causes abdominal pain?

There is a wide variety of conditions that can cause abdominal pain: infections, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, and many more. The location of abdominal pain offers a clue to its cause, but abdominal pain is a symptom of so many illnesses and conditions that it can be difficult to diagnose the exact cause.

Complicating the situation, the gastrointestinal tract has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system is very sensitive to stress and can lead to stress-related symptoms even when a person is not emotionally anxious. You can click here for YouTube video where Dr. Cherry discusses the enteric nervous system and its relationship to chronic pain: https://youtu.be/nr3LOI4l5ws

Dr. Cherry often works with patients who are still dealing with abdominal pain despite visiting their doctor and receiving tests that all came back with normal results, and with people who suspect that stress is worsening their symptoms. 

If you’re experiencing abdominal pain after underlying medical conditions have been ruled out, or if your symptoms have continued even with treatment, call Deep Well Health Care for an appointment.

How is abdominal pain treated?

Dr. Cherry takes a holistic approach to gastrointestinal health and treatment, incorporating her experience and understanding of the mind-body connection. She first reviews your medical records and takes a detailed health history.

Then she works closely with you, collaborating with your other doctors as appropriate, to make suggestions for ongoing treatment and nutritional changes to relieve the symptoms.

Dr. Cherry may use hypnotherapy, botanicals, and other non-drug treatments to relieve abdominal pain. Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective, evidence-based technique that uses the mind-body connection to relieve abdominal pain and other GI symptoms.

Deep Well Health Care doesn’t perform endoscopy or colonoscopy procedures at this time.

To learn more about the integrative and holistic approach to abdominal pain treatments, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.