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August 17, 2013 - Abdominal Pain

Here are the additional tips Dr. Cassaro promised to add to this week's show summary:

Tip! THYROID TESTING: If you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, and treatments don't seem to work, you may have a thyroid problem. In fact, low thyroid function can be the cause of dozens of pain problems from chronic headaches, reproductive problems, unexplained pain, fibromyalgia, IBS, and more! Download this thyroid testing guide and share it with your doctor. Make sure he/she takes you serious and discuss your concerns of a possible sub-clinical thyroid condition. Download form here

Tip! Flexion and extension x-rays: If you suffer from chronic arm pain and traditional x-rays look normal, MRI's look normal and your doctor can't find the source of your chronic pain, ask for flexion and extension x-rays. These are a special type of x-ray that track the movement of your bones and help the doctor see if any abnormality may be causing pressure on sensitive nerves or your spinal cord.

Tip! Iodine: It is estimated that 85% or more of the population in the United States is iodine deficient. Iodine is food for your thyroid. If you are low on iodine, your thyroid may stop working the way it should; causing other complications in the metabolism and chronic pain. If you have symptoms of fibromyalgia, unexplained pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, etc. you probably have a thyroid problem. Try to add an ioding supplement to your diet and have your doctor run thyroid tests as described above.

Chronic Abdominal Pain

This week, Dr. Cassaro discussed Chronic abdominal pain.

Chronic abdominal pain can be caused by a number of different conditions. Some causes are physiological (tissues, organs, ligaments, etc.) and some are caused and made worse by dietary concerns, food intolerances, and medications. Listen live to our next show regarding chronic abdominal pain to hear expert treatment information!

  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Chronic appendicitis
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic bacterial infections
  • Post-op adhesions/scarring
  • Referred pain
  • Food intolerances
  • Diverticulitis
  • Chronic gastroenteritis
  • Ph balance issues
  • Medications side effects
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Immune deficiencies and pain
  • Gall stones
  • Chronic bowel inflammation


Treating chronic abdominal pain may take some time. Most of this time will be spent finding the cause of your abdominal pain condition. If you are just treatmed for the pain, you will never really get better. Many people spend years just switching from one medication to another only to find that they are still in pain.

If the actual cause of your chronic pain is found, there is almost ALWAYS a permanent treatment for that condition. Again, the reason why so many people live with chronic pain is because the cause of their pain has never been accurately diagnosed.

Here are some possible treatments to discuss with your doctor:

  • Mineral fortification
  • Pro-biotics
  • Radio Frequency
  • Metabolic treatments
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Dietary modifications
  • Exercise every day
  • Spinal stimulation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immune system therapy

The MOST IMPORTANT aspect of your treatment is going to be comprehensive testing. Only through an in-depth testing regime can the cause of your chronic pain be found. A person with immune system complications, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, and reproductive issues may have an underlying thyroid condition that is causing all of the conditions. A routine test will NOT show these thyroid issues. If your doctor will not provide more tests or listen to your concerns, get another doctor.

Chronic abdominal pain can be caused by a number of different things. Usually, it is several things at the same time. Because of the nature of the digestive system and it's relation to the rest of the body, problems in the digestive system can lead to widespread chronic pain throughout the body. Be sure to listen to the next show on chronic abdominal pain!