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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is common and can range from a mild stomach ache to sharp pains and cramps. There are numerous causes associated with abdominal pain, including indigestion, constipation, stomach virus, kidney stones, hernia, muscle tear, etc.

Information comes courtesy of WebMD.


  • Celiac Plexus Block
    The celiac plexus is a group of nerves on the front of the spine at the L1 vertebra (lower body) area that innervate the stomach and are typically associated with mid-upper gastric pain, chronic pancreatitis and other variations of chronic abdominal pain. To perform this procedure, a needle is guided, using fluoroscopic imaging for guidance, down to the front of the spine at L1 where local anesthetic and steroids are then injected in the area. Patients are monitored throughout the process with an EKG, blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor. For the longer term treatment of pain emitting from celiac plexus nerves, patients with cancer and other types of chronic pain, can have their nerves destroyed with alcohol, phenol or radiofrequency ablation, to remove pain sensations until the nerve fully regenerates.
  • Chronic Pain Management
    Chronic pain refers to any pain lasting in excess of six months. There is no clear cause, as the term applies to any long-term discomfort arising from an initial injury. Chronic pain can occur in virtually any part of the human body and often contributes to other residual health problems including fatigue, decreased appetite, mood swings, and a lack of mobility. These difficulties negatively affect a person’s ability to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Many advances in modern medicine are helping people to manage their chronic pain more effectively to reduce suffering and enhance a patient’s quality of life and functionality. We will fully evaluate your condition and design a holistic, individually tailored plan to help you return to your life.


Anthony L. Dragovich, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Dragovich is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician with expert proficiency in the placement of implantable devices and ultrasound guided procedures. Dr. Dragovich performed his anesthesiology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center … Read More

George Montgomery Baylor, M.D.

Dr. George Montgomery “Monty” Baylor is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician with a wealth of experience with advanced interventional therapies. Dr. Baylor completed his medical school training at Marshall University School of Medicine.  … Read More

Marc A. Swanson, M.D.

Dr. Marc Swanson has been a pillar of the Roanoke Valley for the past 23 years.  He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  He practices holistic pain medicine with a focus on … Read More

Dana Hurt, PA-C

Ms. Dana Hurt is an area native who feels fortunate to be able to give back to her beloved community. She was born in Bedford and has completed her education in the local region.  She attended … Read More

Laura Davis, PA-C

Mrs. Laura Davis is a caring, compassionate Physician Assistant who has practiced pain medicine for the past six years. She was born in Ohio and completed her undergraduate work at Wright State University.  Her acceptance to … Read More