Any kind of physical pain may signal about some health issues. Pain in the stomach appears due to various reasons and the urgency of turning for medical help depends on several factors:
- The area of pain sensations;
- Type of pain (acute, dull, aching or spasm);
- The time of its appearance;
- The presence of other symptoms.
In any case, consultation of a medical specialist is needed. We’ve collected the facts about the most frequently diagnosed causes of stomach pain to help you understand when the doctor’s help should be urgent.
Excessive consumption of cholesterol-rich foods may result in the formation of gallstones in the gallbladder. This problem affects mostly women after the age of 40, who were pregnant (estrogen surge may provoke the formation of gallstones too).
The symptom one experiences is a dull pain or discomfort in the upper right part of stomach, which may radiate to the back or shoulder. Besides, you may feel nausea and vomiting. In case the pain is light and temporary, you may delay the visit to your doctor, but if it is acute and lasts for several days, you’d better turn for help immediately. The only possible method of treatment is surgical gallbladder removal.
You may feel pain in the lower part of the abdomen if you have difficulties with the bowel movements. A person should have at least one defecation every three days. In case you haven’t had a stool for more than that time, you have constipation.
The reasons may hide in sedentary lifestyle, wrong eating habits or lack of liquid in the organism. Add more fiber and whole-grain products to your diet, start workouts and don’t forget to drink enough water. Besides, there are numerous laxative medications, which can help your problem within a day.
Severe pain in the upper abdomen in combination with a fever, nausea and vomiting may signal about pancreatitis. It may be either chronic or acute. The latter form of this ailment may be life-threatening, so turning for medical help is a must in such cases.
Pancreatitis may evolve on the background of excessive alcohol consumption. The treatment of this ailment should be supervised by the specialist. You may even need to be hospitalized.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
If you feel heartburn at least twice a week, you probably have gastroesophageal reflux disease. It occurs when the acid from the stomach goes up to esophagus. This ailment may be caused by excessive weight (especially in the waist area), smoking, eating spicy food. Except of the heartburn you may also feel hoarseness, nausea, have frequent sore throats, bad breath and burp.
You can try to cure the illness by losing weight, reducing the number of spicy dishes in your ration and taking special meds. In case you don’t feel any changes within a month of treatment, you should talk to your doctor about some more effective methods of therapy.
Inflammation of appendix leads to appendicitis. At first you may feel dull and then acute pain in the right lower part of the abdomen. It may be accompanied by fever, nausea, bloating and vomiting. The pain may get more intense as you move.
Appendicitis is an urgent state. You have to call the emergency room as this condition demands immediate surgery. Otherwise, the appendix may rupture and the infection will affect all the abdominal organs.
In case you experience stomach ache, diarrhea or bloating every time you eat dairy products, you may suffer from lactose intolerance. This condition evolves in around 60% of adults as their bodies stop producing enough lactase, which is needed to digest lactose. Even a glass of milk in such case may “close” you in the bathroom for long hours.
You should exclude food, which provokes your digestion problems. Nevertheless, you may try to experiment with low-fat dairy products.