Have You Experienced These 5 Stomach Pain?
We all experience tummy troubles now and then, but certain pains may signal something more serious. If you experience any of stomach pain, see your doctor so you know the problem and get your system running smoothly again.
- HEARTBURN: BURNING PAIN IN THE CENTER OF ABDOMEN
This feeling is quite common after a big, greasy meal. It’s called heartburn and 10 million Indians experience this stomach pain at least once a month. It’s usually combined with a bitter taste in your mouth. Acid reflux is the disgorging of partially digested foods mixed with stomach acid. This acidic mix finds its way into your throat and esophagus (food tube), causing a burning sensation. Occasional heartburn is nothing to worry about. But chronic heartburn (known as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease) can cause chronic digestive disorders if left untreated.
- GALLSTONES: DISCOMFORT AROUND THE BELLY BUTTON
If this stomach pain is joined with dull pain near the shoulder, and seems to trigger after consuming fatty meals, gallstones may be to blame. If you’re female, older than 40, and have had babies, you’re at greater risk. This is because spikes in oestrogen, common during pregnancy, may result in gallstones.
- ULCER: DULL, BURNING ABDOMINAL PAIN RELIEVED BY EATING OR TAKING ANTACIDS
Poor appetite, bloating, burping, and weight loss are just some of the hallmark signs of peptic ulcer. Peptic ulcers are sores on top of your small intestine or the lining of your stomach. It affects half a million Indians every year. And despite of what you’ve likely heard, they’re not caused by stress.
- DIVERTICULITIS: ACUTE PAIN IN THE LOWER LEFT AREA OF YOUR ABDOMEN
If stomach pain like this strikes, along with gas, it could be sign of diverticulitis. It is inflammation of small sacks present in your large intestine called diverticula. Diverticulitis is a quite common GI disorder among older adults. Around least one-third of the Indian population experience it by age of 60. Yet only 10 to 20 percent of people will show symptoms that include excessive bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, and constipation.
- APPENDICITIS: SHARP PAIN IN THE LOWER-RIGHT SIDE OF THE ABDOMEN
This type of stomach pain could be appendicitis, especially if you have a slight fever, and are unable to pass gas, or have diarrhoea and feel constipated. If you have appendicitis, the pain is likely to get worse whenever you take deep breath, move around, cough, or sneeze. Putting pressure on the area might increase your pain too. In most cases, appendix is removed surgically before it bursts.
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