Can multivitamins cause stomach pain?

Multivitamins can be a good choice for people who take multiple medications or have underlying health conditions. However, multivitamins aren’t as effective as some other types of supplements for people with digestive problems.

Multivitamins contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that people need daily. They can help people who have digestive problems by supporting overall health.

Taking multivitamins can improve the likelihood that a person will eat a balanced diet and may help them lose weight.

However, multivitamins aren’t as effective as some other types of supplements and don’t always provide the same benefits. For example, taking multivitamins may not help with weight loss if a person already eats a healthy diet.

Also, some people who take multivitamins may experience stomach pain after taking it.

Some multivitamins may also have other negative side effects or interactions with certain medications.

For example, taking multivitamins may increase a person’s risk of developing a vitamin B-12 deficiency or a blood clot.

Multivitamins that contain iron can also increase a person’s risk of iron deficiency.

What foods can cause stomach pain?

When it comes to eating and stomach pain, certain foods may cause more symptoms than others.

For example, some foods may trigger stomach pain in people who have ulcers, such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Beans
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cheese
  • Citrus fruit
  • Fatty foods, such as fried or fatty fish
  • Foods containing nitrates
  • Foods containing sulfites
  • Foods with a lot of sugar, such as cake or cookies
  • Foods with a lot of fat, such as potato chips or ice cream
  • Foods with a lot of salt, such as potato chips or soup
  • Certain medicines, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Certain medications, such as cimetidine and ranitidine
  • Certain supplements, such as vitamin B-12, folic acid, or iron
  • Certain herbs, such as chamomile

Some foods may trigger stomach pain in people with a gastric stoma, such as:

  • Baked goods, such as cookies, brownies, or cakes
  • Alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, or liquor
  • Cheese and other dairy products, such as milk, sour cream, or cream cheese
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut
  • Foods containing nitrates, such as hot dogs, cheese, and sauerkraut
  • Foods containing sulfites, such as pickles and kimchi
  • Fried or fatty foods, such as french fries and fried chicken
  • Fried foods, such as fried rice and French fries
  • Gassy foods, such as coffee and soda
  • Gassy vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower
  • Hot and spicy foods, such as hot sauce and chili
  • Nitrite-free meat
  • Nitrite-free pickles
  • Sugar-free products, such as sugar-free candy and soda
  • Salty foods, such as potato chips and cheese crackers
  • Sauerkraut
  • Steak

How is stomach pain treated?

There are several different types of treatments for stomach pain.

They include:

  • Dietary: A doctor may recommend a person to eat a balanced diet.
  • Medications: A doctor may prescribe medications to treat stomach pain.
  • Surgery: A doctor may recommend surgery if a person doesn’t respond to medication.

When to see a doctor?

If a person experiences stomach pain that doesn’t go away or gets worse, they should see a doctor.

Also, a person should see a doctor right away if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe stomach pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding from the nose or gums
  • A fever
  • A loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

A person should also see a doctor if they have:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Swelling around the eyes, face, or neck
  • Difficulty waking up or staying awake
  • A rash
  • Rash without itching
  • Difficulty performing daily activities, such as cooking, cleaning, or taking care of children
  • A change in behavior, such as becoming more moody or irritable
  • A change in behavior, such as becoming more agitated
  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation

These symptoms might indicate a heart attack, but it could also be another type of digestive condition.

People should also see a doctor if their stomach pain is severe and doesn’t go away within a week.

When should I seek emergency medical help?

Seek emergency medical help if:

  • A person has severe stomach or abdominal pain that doesn’t respond to at-home treatments and becomes more severe.
  • A person has a heart attack.

People should also seek emergency medical help if they have any of the following:

  • Unusual symptoms, such as a high fever or chills
  • Severe abdominal pain or vomiting
  • Severe chest pain or discomfort
  • A headache
  • A stiff neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • A severe cough
  • Rapid breathing or shallow breathing
  • Pain and swelling in the neck, face, or stomach area
  • A severe headache
  • Bluish lips or nails
  • A high or irregular heart rate

People should seek emergency medical help if they experience any of the following:

  • Extreme pain
  • Feeling extremely nauseated
  • Feeling very tired or weak
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling confused or disoriented
  • Feeling very cold
  • Feeling very hot
  • A yellowing of the eyes, skin, or whites
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • A very fast or uneven heart rate
  • Severe pain in the back, abdomen, or chest
  • Vomiting blood
  • A rapid or uneven pulse
  • A seizure
  • Dizziness with vision changes
  • Dizziness with weakness
  • Double vision
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe pain that doesn’t respond to at-home treatments
  • Extreme pain or pressure in the chest
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A change in mental status
  • A sudden, severe headache
  • Chest pain or discomfort

Are there any complications?

The symptoms of stomach pain can be serious, especially for people with a gastric stoma.

The complications of stomach pain can include:

  • Perforation of the stomach
  • Bleeding
  • Peritonitis
  • Anemia
  • Heart failure
  • Perforations of the esophagus
  • Perforations of the colon
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Organ failure
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pneumoperitoneum

Summary

Stomach pain is one of the most common symptoms from a digestive disorder. However, stomach pain can also be caused by other factors, such as the common cold or food poisoning.

Multivitamins aren’t as effective as some other supplements for people with digestive problems.

If a person has any of the following symptoms, they should see a doctor:

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