Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome

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What is Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome (FAPS)?

Functional abdominal pain syndrome (FAPS), which is also known as centrally mediated abdominal pain syndrome (CAPS), is chronic or frequently recurring abdominal pain. The cause stems from overly sensitive nerves in the abdomen and the brain, not a problem with your gut function. While you may develop symptoms after you have an infection or injury, emotional factors including stress and traumatic events can cause your symptoms to worsen.

What are the Symptoms of Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome?

Common signs and symptoms of functional abdominal pain syndrome include chronic:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Infection
  • Elevated stress

If you are experiencing chronic abdominal pain, schedule an appointment with a provider at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. He or she will evaluate your condition and run tests to make a diagnosis. If you have functional abdominal pain syndrome, he or she will talk with you about the treatment options to help you regain control over your symptoms and improve your daily function.

How Do You Treat Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome?

Your provider at Digestive Health Associates will perform a series of tests and may recommended techniques and treatments for stress management, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy. If you have severe chronic abdominal pain, your provider may recommend antidepressants to stimulate your brain and increase the signals that block pain messages between the abdomen and the brain. Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne will provide you with the best diagnosis and treatment options for managing FAPS/CAPS.  Contact us today.

Learn More: Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Journal of Gastroenterology

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