26
August
2013

Stomach pain: What causes it?

Find out what is causing your stomach to hurt

There can be a lot of causes of stomach pain – some are minor and some require a doctor's input. Here we will discuss some common ones.
There can be a lot of causes of stomach pain – some are minor and some require a doctor's input. If you have nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or blood in your stool, see your doctor. Better to be safe than sorry. However, if you do not have those symptoms, you may have one of these causes of stomach aches.
Menstruation
Some women get severe abdominal pain and cramping with their menstrual cycle. Are you having your period? That might be it. A warming pad and pain relievers might be all that you need to get rid of the menstrual pain.
Stomach Virus
If you have been feeling achy, have a fever, and have been vomiting, you could easily have a stomach virus. Your doctor can help you be certain on this. A stomach virus mainly can be helped by lots of liquids and rest.
Food Allergy
Your stomach could be in pain from food allergies that have not been diagnosed. If you have the pains after you eat, you should take note in a food diary of the pains, when they start, how long after food they start, and what types of food you ate then. That will help your doctor better understand what foods might be causing this food allergy. Lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance are common examples of food allergies.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are infections that affect either your kidneys or your bladder. You may feel pain on the sides of your body, have a fever, and find it painful to pee. Some cases can be treated with antibiotics and cranberry juice has been shown to help fight the infection.
Constipation
If you do not eat the recommended levels of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and do not drink enough liquids, you may get constipated. Constipation can cause a lot of stomach pain for you. Luckily, this can easily be remedied by making sure you add more fiber and lots of more water into your diet.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS can cause pain in your stomach region, bloating, gas, frequent diarrhea or constipation, and a distended abdominal. Your doctor will be able to know for sure if IBS is a possibility.  
Gallstones
Gallstones can affect people over 40 years old and those of Native American background and other ethnicities. This stomach pain will start right after eating. The pain is usually concentrated on the right, middle to upper stomach area. It can also spread to the back. 
Pancreatitis
This is an upper stomach pain that can include your back as well. You may feel nausea, need to vomit, have oily or extremely smelly poop, and tenderness in the stomach, especially after eating.Pancreatitis may require surgery so talk to your doctor.
Appendicitis
Appendicitis is a serious illness that requires prompt surgery. When the appendix becomes inflamed, it can cause symptoms of stomach pain that are dull in the upper stomach and more sharp in the lower stomach area. You may also have nausea or vomiting, fever, and severe cramps. Call a doctor immediately if you think you may have appendicitis.
Cancer
Due to the amount of organs (e.g., liver, bladder, stomach, kidneys) in the stomach region, cancer in any of these areas may cause stomach pain. Again, if you have stomach pain without an obvious cause and especially if you have a family history of cancer in the organs, see your doctor ASAP. 
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