A doctor usually will take a
medical history and do a physical exam if you have symptoms of
If your medical problem
affects your abdomen, your doctor will ask questions (medical history) about:
A dietary history includes questions
about the amount of fiber, fat, and salt in your diet. If your symptoms are
mild and occur only sometimes, your doctor may recommend that
you try a high-fiber, low-fat diet.
During the physical exam to learn the cause of an abdominal
problem, your doctor will:
A history and physical exam are
needed for anyone who sees a doctor about abdominal pain or
tenderness or a change in bowel habits.
Your medical history and physical exam can
provide your doctor with clues about the cause of your symptoms.
Your doctor then may decide to do more tests (especially if there
are several possible causes for your symptoms or if the cause is still
unclear), begin treatment, or both.
If your symptoms are not severe,
your doctor may recommend a change in your diet and watchful
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July 19, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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