This symptom can occur when you do exercises to strengthen your abdominals. It can also occur if you have a hernia in your belly or your stomach muscle is weak.
If you’re experiencing this symptom, you should see your doctor. They can give you more information about what’s causing your pain and how to treat it.
Unexplained stomach pain
Sometimes, unexplained stomach pain can be linked to a digestive condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Sometimes, it’s not the exact cause of the pain, but it can make it more uncomfortable. This type of pain should be treated by your doctor.
What to do?
To reduce or eliminate stomach pain, try these tips:
- Eat a fiber-rich diet.
- Take a pain reliever.
- Take a stool softener.
- Stop using certain medications.
Take the pain seriously
If you’re experiencing stomach pain, it’s best to take it seriously. It may be a sign of something more serious.
If you’re pregnant, you should see your doctor right away. They can run tests to see if you have a condition that needs treatment.
If you’re experiencing stomach pain, you should speak to your doctor immediately. They can help get to the bottom of what the pain means.
If you think you have a serious condition, they can prescribe you the appropriate treatment.
You may also be able to get a referral to a gastroenterologist. This is a doctor who specializes in digestive issues.
Gastroenterologists can provide immediate care to help alleviate stomach pain.
How to treat stomach pain?
Stomach pain can be treated at home, but it’s best to seek medical attention.
If your stomach pain is due to an underlying condition, you can treat that condition at home.
If the underlying condition is due to an infection, you can take antibiotics to treat the infection.
If the underlying condition is due to a food intolerance, you can treat that food intolerance by avoiding the food.
If the underlying condition is due to a nutrient deficiency, you can treat that deficiency by eating more of the nutrient.
If you’re not sure what the underlying cause of your stomach pain is, you can speak with your doctor. They can help you find the cause of your stomach pain.
You may need to see your doctor if:
- Your stomach pain is severe.
- You have a fever.
- You have signs of a heartburn.
- You have a bloody or black stool.
You should also see your doctor if:
- You’re pregnant.
- You have diabetes.
- You have a history of heart attack or stroke.
At the doctor’s office
If your stomach pain is due to an underlying condition, your doctor can help treat it.
If your stomach pain is due to a food intolerance, your doctor can help you figure out which foods are causing you pain.
If your stomach ache is due to an infection, your doctor can treat that condition.
If you’re pregnant, you should see your doctor as soon as you can.
You may also need to see your doctor if:
- Your pain is severe.
- You have signs of a heartburn or ulcer.
- You’ve had a heart attack.
- You have a history of stroke.
- You’re over age 75.
What to avoid?
The following foods can cause or worsen stomach pain:
- Beans and peas
- Coffee and tea
- Carbonated drinks
- Citrus fruit
- Spicy foods
If you have a food intolerance, avoid the food. If you’re pregnant, you should also avoid the food.
If you have a food intolerance, you can find out which foods are causing problems by speaking to your doctor.
If you’re pregnant, you should avoid the food.
Food intolerances are most common in people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. If you have any of these conditions, you should avoid gluten.
Talk to your doctor about avoiding gluten if you have celiac disease. If you have a history of gluten sensitivity, you should avoid gluten.
Stomach pain from bloating
If you’re experiencing stomach pain from bloating, you can treat the cause.
Stomach pain from bloating is often a sign of a digestive condition. This is not the same as regular stomach pain, though.
If you have a food intolerance, you should avoid the food that is causing your stomach pain.
If you have bloating from a nutrient deficiency, you should eat more food.
When to see a doctor?
If your pain is severe or you’re experiencing other symptoms, you should see your doctor.
This can include:
- A fever.
- Dark or bloody stool.
- A heart attack.
- Urinary tract infections.
There are some conditions that can cause a person to feel like they’re going to be sick. This may be due to problems with their digestive system, or it may be due to another health condition.
These conditions include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you think you have a digestive problem or you’re experiencing other symptoms that may be related to these conditions, you should speak with your doctor.
- Abdominal pain.
What is stomach acid?
Your stomach acid is made by your stomach lining. It protects your stomach lining and helps you digest food.
The stomach acid is also what causes your stomach to burn.
When you eat foods that are high in acidity, your stomach acid can burn your stomach lining. This can cause pain or a burning sensation in your stomach.
In the past, stomach pain due to acidity was called acid indigestion. Now, the term “acid stomach pain” is more common.
You can find out more about stomach acid by reading the topic “Acid stomach pain.”
What is a heartburn or gastritis?
A heartburn is when your stomach acid burns or irritates your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.
A gastritis is when your stomach lining becomes inflamed. This can cause pain and inflammation in your stomach.
Gastritis can be an underlying cause of stomach pain.
Heartburn vs. stomach pain
Your stomach acid is what causes your stomach to burn. Stomach pain is when your stomach acid burns or irritates your esophagus.
Stomach pain is different from heartburn. Stomach pain is usually mild and mild stomach acid is not the cause of the stomach pain.
If you experience stomach pain as a symptom of a condition that you should see your doctor about, make an appointment.
What causes stomach ache?
Stomach pain is often due to an underlying digestive condition. These conditions can include:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is when your stomach acid comes back up into your throat. This can cause a feeling of burning when you swallow. A GERD can cause chronic acid reflux. It can also cause stomach pain and heartburn.
Digestive disorders. These conditions can cause acid reflux or inflammation that leads to a burning sensation in your stomach. These conditions include:
IBS. This is a condition that causes chronic stomach pain. It can also cause heartburn and can lead to bowel movements that are watery or lumpy.
Constipation. This is a condition that can cause pain when you pass a stool. It can also lead to bloating.
Stomach pain can be a result of a number of different things. Some people experience stomach pain due to a medical condition.
Some symptoms of stomach pain can be linked to a medical condition, such as IBS. If you experience these symptoms, see your doctor to rule out a serious underlying cause
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