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Have you ever experienced that awful feeling of having crampy, achy and discomfort in your tummy? As if your tummy has been tied into a knot? Stomach pain is a very common complaint and everyone might have experienced it one or twice in their lifetime. It is usually harmless and will resolve itself after a few days or so. However, chronic stomach pain that lasts for weeks to months may be a warning sign of some severe underlying health conditions.
People often refer abdominal pain as stomach pain, however, it is important for you to know that the our abdomen does not include stomach only, but other organs as well such as intestines, appendix, kidneys, gallbladder, liver, pancreas.
The types and location of pain can vary greatly. It is important to identify the types and location of pain, and any other symptoms such as vomiting and nausea as they may suggest the cause of stomach pain.
Stomach pain can be:
Dull or sharp pain
Intermittent or constant pain
Pain that is localized to stomach only or spread to other areas of the abdomen such as right or left abdomen
Pain that radiates to other body parts such as the chest, back, neck, shoulder
Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some people name it ‘stomach flu’. It typically causes abdominal pain accompanied with nausea, vomiting and loose stools. For most of the cases, gastroenteritis will go away itself within a few days or so without any special treatment and rehydration is the mainstay of treatment here.
Certain foods such as beans, onions, broccoli are more prone to provoke intestinal gas. When the gas accumulates in your stomach, this can often lead to pain due to pressure and bloating.
When you have difficulty in passing stools, you will usually experience a lower abdominal pain due to the build-up of digested food in your intestines.
Indigestion often results from acid reflux. It happens when one is overly eating, eating too quickly or taking too much spicy and greasy food. It usually causes a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, sometimes moving up to the throat.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Factors that can cause gastritis include Helicobacter pylori infection, prolonged use of NSAIDs medications, and excessive alcohol use. It usually causes pain at your upper abdomen, and may come along with nausea and vomiting.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix and it typically causes initial pain at the central stomach area which could radiate to the lower right side of the abdomen.
Some other more severe underlying causes include kidney stones, gallstones, diverticulitis, colon cancer. Make sure to see a doctor promptly if the pain does not go away after a few days or so or if the pain is worsening.
Drink plenty of water
Eat smaller portion of meals avoid laying down after meal
Manage stress as stress can often lead to abdominal pain
You can place some hot water bag on top of your abdomen to make you feel better
Limit alcohol and caffeine as can worsen the abdominal pain
Avoid food that can lead to intestinal gas and indigestion such as fatty food, beans, onions
Pain that is getting worse and unbearable
Pain that spreads to your chest, neck, shoulders
Pain accompanied with shortness of breath
Persistent vomiting for more than a day
Bloody or black stools
Fever along with stomach pain
Unable to urinate or pass stools
Take good care of your gut from today onwards !
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