Lower stomach pain after eating meat

Sitting down to a steak might not hurt, but it might also cause pain in your lower back.

This is because the large muscles in your lower back are attached to your intestines, where they also attach your diaphragm.

If you have a pain in your lower stomach after eating meat, it might be due to constipation, indigestion, or gastritis.

If you have chronic constipation or indigestion, you might also experience heartburn, bloating, and gas pain.

Another cause of stomach pain after eating meat is gastritis. This is inflammation of your stomach.

What does stomach pain feel like?

The type of pain you feel will depend on where the pain is located. You might feel it on one side of your body or on both sides.

Common places for nausea, upset stomach, and gas pain to be felt include:

  • Upper abdomen
  • Upper chest
  • Upper back
  • Upper shoulders

Pain in your lower abdomen might be a result of:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Gastritis
  • Hiatal hernia

If you notice that your stomach pain is accompanied by a burning sensation, you might have indigestion.

A gas buildup in your stomach might cause a burning sensation when you swallow. This is known as belching. Belching may also be a symptom of gas or bloating.

How is stomach pain diagnosed?

To determine the cause of your stomach pain, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Your doctor might also order:

  • A complete blood count (CBC) to determine your general health
  • Blood tests to measure your electrolyte levels
  • X-rays to rule out any other underlying causes of stomach pain
  • Endoscopy, if your doctor suspects a serious condition, such as cancer
  • A barium swallow, if your doctor suspects a blockage in your esophagus

The first step in treating stomach pain is to determine if it’s a result of a gastrointestinal problem.

If your doctor suspects a gastrointestinal condition, they’ll order certain tests to determine the cause.

If they determine that stomach pain is a result of gas, they’ll order an X-ray. They’ll also ask about other symptoms that accompany gas pain.

Gas pain might also be a symptom of:

  • Ileus. This is the partial or complete inability to pass gas because of a blockage in your small intestine.
  • Gastric ulcer. This is a bleeding ulcer in your stomach.
  • Gastroparesis. This is a condition that prevents your stomach from emptying food.
  • Gastritis. This is inflammation of your stomach.

Treatment for stomach pain

Treatment for gas pain depends on the underlying cause.

If gas pain is caused by a blockage in your esophagus, your doctor may prescribe:

  • A medication to open the valve in your esophagus
  • A medication to restore your stomach’s normal output

If your doctor suspects that you have a gastric ulcer, they may recommend:

  • A medication to treat an ulcer
  • An anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation in your stomach

If your stomach pain is caused by indigestion, you might need to take a laxative.

If the pain is accompanied by:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

Your doctor might recommend anti-nausea medication to treat these symptoms.

If you have a blockage in your small intestine, your doctor might recommend:

  • Surgery to remove the blockage and restore normal intestinal function
  • Surgery to replace the small intestine with a healthy one

If your doctor suspects that you have a heartburn, they may prescribe:

  • Antacid medications to reduce acid in your stomach
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
  • Antibiotics to reduce the overgrowth of bacteria in your stomach
  • Antihistamines to reduce swelling

When to see your doctor?

Always see your doctor if you have abdominal pain accompanied by other symptoms.

See your doctor if you have:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Severe infection
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding in the stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • A persistent cough
  • Drowsiness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Vomiting blood
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes

If you have any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention.

Take appropriate medications, such as:

  • Anti-nausea medications
  • Laxatives
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relievers

In some cases, your doctor may need to perform certain tests. These tests may include:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Scans
  • Biopsies
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

If your stomach pain is severe or persistent, you may need surgery.

What is the long-term outlook?

Gas pain is generally treated with medication and home remedies.

If the pain is severe, you may need surgery.

Your outlook depends on the underlying cause.

Out of all types of stomach pain, gas pain is the most easily treatable.

If gas pain is a symptom of a heart attack, you have a high chance of surviving. However, heart attacks are much more common than gas pain.

Gas pain is extremely rare. If it occurs, seek immediate medical attention.

See your doctor if you experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe abdominal pain with vomiting
  • High fever
  • Severe abdominal pain

What to expect after a doctor’s visit?

Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat your stomach pain.

If you get pain relief from medication, you may need to take it in pill form.

You also may need to take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

OTC medications may help relieve gas pain. However, they can cause side effects, such as:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Weakness

If you take OTC pain relievers, make sure to take a full dose of medication.

If you still have pain after taking your medication, you may need to go to the emergency room. This can help you get a blood test to check for an underlying cause of your abdominal pain.

Outlook

Gas pain is a symptom of a gastrointestinal issue. This pain often resolves on its own.

If gas pain is caused by an ulcer, surgery will usually relieve the pain.

Gas pain can also be a symptom of a heart attack. If you experience severe pain, seek emergency medical care.

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