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When you have recurring abdominal pain, you may worry that you just have to live with it or that your pain is all in your head. But there's hope. At Stanford Health Care, we are one of just a few programs in the country with a clinic dedicated to meeting the unique needs of people with undiagnosed abdominal pain. Through an innovative partnership with the Stanford Pain Management Center, experts from the Digestive Health Center deliver much-needed diagnostic exams and treatment.
Expert Care for Gastrointestinal Pain at Stanford Health Care
Our experienced team understands how challenging it can be to find relief from gastrointestinal pain. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate your pain, we offer a variety of treatments and use them in unique combinations to help control your symptoms.
Treatments available through our Gastrointestinal (GI) Pain Clinic include:
Mind-body therapies: Therapies, including meditation, relaxation techniques and stress management, can teach you how to focus your attention on something besides pain.
Cognitive behavioral therapy: Sessions with our dedicated pain psychologists can help you learn how to change your thoughts, perceptions and behaviors, which can help you control your symptoms.
Antidepressant medications: Often used in low doses, these medications block pain signals between your brain and abdomen while also relieving anxiety.
Anti-inflammatory medications: These medications reduce inflammation within your digestive organs, which can relieve pain.
Anti-spasmodic medications: These medications relieve cramps or spasms in your stomach and intestines.
Pain-modifying medications: These medications change the way your spinal cord and brain process pain signals.
Gastric electrical stimulation: An implantable device delivers low energy pulses, which stimulate muscle contractions in your intestines to alleviate pain.
Physical therapy: Performing gentle exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles, such as your abdominal wall muscles, can prevent abdominal pain. We also teach you techniques and postures to relieve pain.
Injections: We inject pain medications directly into the bundle of nerves responsible for carrying pain signals to your abdomen (celiac plexus). Learn more about celiac nerve block.
In addition to expert pain management care, you may also receive treatments and follow up care from specialized digestive health programs, including our:
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Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
The GI pain program helped Lisa Korstad with her unexplained, crippling digestive pain. They also treat irritable bowel disorder and other chronic GI problems.
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