We have all had common stomach ache once. It is a very annoying pain, which can even prevent us from developing our day in a normal way. However, we often do not know how to treat it, because we also do not know what is producing it.
Do you want to know what is the most common causes of stomach pain are and know how to combat them? Then stay with us!
Many people are afraid to eat because after eating they feel stomach pain. Some of them have already accepted it as a normal part of their life, but there is nothing normal about it. A healthy person should not feel pain or discomfort after consuming food. This pain is the symptom of some health problem that needs treatment, usually related to the digestive system.
Why Does Stomach Pain Occur?
Stomach pain does not have to be exactly the stomach. Its correct name would be an abdominal pain since the causes can be in any of the organs located in the abdomen.
If you usually suffer from abdominal pain, we present a list of possible causes and then a list of recommendations and remedies that you should follow to combat it. However, if the pain is very strong or persistent, we strongly recommend that you consult a doctor or specialist.
1. Food Poisoning
Food poisoning occurs when consuming products that are expired or in poor condition. By ingesting contaminated products, we intoxicate ourselves with viruses or bacteria that have grown in them. For example, one of the best known is salmonellosis, an intoxication caused by the consumption of water or foods infected by the bacterium Salmonella.
Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Normal poisoning usually lasts a couple of days. Others, such as viral gastroenteritis, may last for a few more days.
• Parasites that we can ingest when consuming products in bad condition.
• Parasites that we can ingest by eating raw or undercooked meat or fish that have not been properly preserved or treated.
• Parasites that can obtain when swimming in contaminated water, or when ingesting it.
• Parasites that we can ingest if we take food that has handled with contaminated hands and/or utensils.
To avoid all this type of poisoning, you can follow the following tips:
• Never take an expired product, always check its date before consuming it.
• Keep the food open in the refrigerator.
• Any food made with raw eggs should be consumed during the day. If you consume it days later, it can be very likely that Salmonella contaminates it.
• Always wash the products before consuming them. Also, wash your hands and kitchen utensils before using them, especially if you are going to consume them raw or undercooked.
• Respect to fish, if you are going to consume raw, it is recommended to freeze it before.
If you think you are suffering from intoxication, you can follow the advice that you will find in the final section of this article. If in a couple of days you continue to present the same symptoms and do not improve, we recommend that you go to a doctor.
The appendix is a small organ located at the beginning of the large intestine, located in the lower right area of the abdomen. Appendicitis occurs when, for some reason, this organ becomes inflamed. Usually, appendicitis most often saw in children and young adults, although it may also occur to older people. When someone has appendicitis, suddenly notice very sharp and intense pangs in the area where the appendix is located, that is, in the lower right area of the abdomen.
If you think your abdominal pain might be appendicitis, you quickly go to the emergency room, as it is something that must operate quickly to remove the appendix. If an appendicitis is not operated, it can become a peritonitis, which occurs when the appendix bursts. This condition is life threatening.
3. Stomach Ulcers
Ulcers are an open sore or raw area on the lining of the stomach or duodenum (upper part of the small intestine). Usually, the pain caused by ulcers occurs in the mid-upper abdomen. Many times this pain occurs or intensifies after meals. In addition, in duodenal ulcers, it is normal to wake up in the middle of the night because of the pain.
To treat ulcers, it is necessary to attack the bacteria that has produced them, if it is still in the body, and reduce the acid levels in the stomach, to get it healed as soon as possible. The doctor will tell you what treatment to follow. Regarding remedies and recommendations, try to follow the measures that we discussed at the end of this article, to heal them as quickly as possible.
4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammation that is located in the small or large intestines. This inflammation can cause scarring and blockage of the bowel, which will lead to abdominal pain and other possible symptoms like diarrhea or rectal bleeding.
Within IBD Crohn’s disease and include ulcerative colitis. All these inflammations of the intestine are chronic and can lead to more severe conditions, and even cancer. That is why it is recommended to go to the doctor to take control of your case and follow the final recommendations of this article, to cope with it as best as possible.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBS usually affects women in particular and is considered less severe than IBD. This syndrome is also chronic but can be treated through the treatment of symptoms itself.
IBS can lead to chronic abdominal pain and alternately cause diarrhea and constipation. However, it will never lead to intestinal blockages or rectal bleeding, such as IBD, nor will it ever result in serious conditions or cancer.
6. Stress, Nerves, Anxiety or Depression
The stress, nerves, anxiety and even depression can affect your health somatically causing headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, and common stomach ache and diarrhea. Not only should you solve your stress and anxiety problems to improve your somatic problems but also the other way around; by this, I mean that somatic problems can also worsen your stress, your nerves, your anxiety or your depression, so you will need to act against them as well.
Therefore, you should try to relax and fight against stress. You can find help in this article. To combat somatic problems not related to stomach pain, you can go inside the link of each of them to find advice to fight them. At the end of this article, you will find tips to combat stomach pain.
7. Too Many Sugar-Free Products
Sugar-free products, such as gum or candy, contain a compound called sorbitol to give them that sweet spot. Sorbitol, taken in large amounts, can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.
There is nothing wrong with moderately taking this type of product. However, like everything else, too much can be harmful to our health. The most serious cases have occurred in people who took more than 15 or 20 products with sorbitol a day.
Although it is the rarest cause of all, the development of cancer in any of the organs located in the abdomen can cause stomach pain, although usually occurs in advanced stages. These cancers can be stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder or ovarian cancer.
In addition to common stomach ache, these cancers often have other symptoms, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, persistent vomiting, continued swelling of the abdomen, and changes in bowel habits. If you present these symptoms and you think you could be suffering from cancer, go to the doctor quickly. Remember that in most cancer cases, finding it early is vital to recovery.
How Can We Fight Stomach Pain?
In the first place, we must make it clear that if you think you are suffering from common stomach ache, which related to one of the most serious problems mentioned above, you should go to a doctor immediately. Also if you notice too much pain, a stiff abdomen, if you have blood in the vomit or in the feces, or if they are very dark or black in color.
If, however, you are not suffering from severe abdominal pain, you can follow these tips to recover as soon as possible:
• Follow a soft diet: The first step we should follow when we have stomach pain is to follow a soft diet. This means taking light foods throughout the day, to facilitate digestion and intestinal transit. It will also be important to eat a very light dinner, as abdominal pain often intensifies at night. Among these recommended foods we can find chicken broth, grilled chicken or turkey breast, turkey or chicken ham, sweet ham, white fish, non-whole grains and bread, fruit with fiber ( Such as apples or plums ), vegetable puree or natural yogurt.
• Avoid “aggressive” foods and drinks: They will cause more gastric acid to produce. Among them, we could count on coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, fatty foods, spicy foods or chocolate.
• Hydrate properly: Drinking water is important to maintain good digestion and overall good health. In addition, often the stomach pain accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea, because of which we lose many fluids. It will be important to replace them so you do not become dehydrated. Remember that the minimum amount of water recommended is 1.5-2 liters per day.
• Stop Smoking: Tobacco can irritate your stomach, which may increase pain.
• Reduce your stress levels: As I told you before, stress can attack your stomach, among other somatic symptoms.
• Take infusions: Many infusions are beneficial to calm stomach pain and relax it. Among the most beneficial are the chamomile, the cinnamon, the anise, the mint, and basil.
• Apply hot compresses: Hot compresses on the abdomen can help calm stomach pain. Soak a compress in warm water, and place it on the abdomen, in the area that hurts you most. Let it act for 15 minutes, and repeat the process if necessary.
Now that you know the most common causes of common stomach ache, and the tips you should follow to relieve it, you just have to put them into practice and recover as soon as possible. If the pain does not return within a few hours or we do not identify its cause, you should consult your family doctor or pediatrician. If it is very intense and we cannot go to the office, you should go to the ER.