The Reasons Why You Get Stomach Pains


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Discomfort situated anywhere within the abdominal region comes under the broad heading of stomach pains. Some of the known sources are gastro-intestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, appendicitis, peritonitis, diverticulitis, and colon cancer. Hyperacidity, and ulcers are amongst some of the additional well known causes. Besides these, basic indigestion, bloating, gas and diarrhea can also cause stomach pains.

According to medical professionals, there are three specific conditions that very often set off stomach pains.

The first common condition that causes stomach pain is inflammation. If any of your organs located in the area of your stomach become inflamed, this can certainly results in abdominal pain. The organs referred to would be the stomach, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, and the large or small intestines.

Distention of any of these organs would be the next source that would produce stomach pain. An organ may be distended or stretched beyond its normal size when an obstruction or blockage is present, such as when undigested food and waste materials block the intestinal tract.

And thirdly, there may be insufficient or zero blood supply coming into an organ, leading to painful ischemia. Some type of obstruction or blockage within the digestive tract, or even a circulatory issue, may be the root cause of the lack of blood supply to the organ.

In order to help identify the exact cause of the stomach pain, you'll need to explain the experience as precisely as you can to your doctor. Essential information such as when the pain began, the location of the pain, what aggravates the pain, and even what relieves the pain, is the type of information that is most helpful for your doctor. This type of key information is known as "pain characteristics" and is required in order to properly diagnose the root cause of abdominal pain.

For example, when the pain is sharp and located in the right lower abdomen, it is a likely indication of appendicitis, because the appendix is located in that area. In addition, colon ischemia (blood supply being discontinued) might be suspected if there had become a sudden onset of stomach pain or even biliary colic (the biliary duct is obstructed by gallstones). Consistent patterns to the pain are also very helpful in diagnosis. As an example cramping is usually associated with contractions; while on the other hand steady and constant pain in the upper area of the abdomen would be more associated with a bile duct obstruction.

The initial diagnosis can be confirmed by laboratory tests and medical examinations. Gastro-intestinal issues may also require the use of blood tests, stool examinations, or even endoscopic tests in order properly diagnose the problem.

The stomach pains may be such that it becomes difficult if not impossible to completely diagnose or identify the root cause. If this happens to be the case, this is known as "functional stomach pain", or in other words, there is no obvious or discernible cause for the pain. Stomach pain such as this may be described as functional dyspepsia or non-ulcer stomach pain. The condition is very common, and while it is not as serious as the other gastro-intestinal problems mentioned, the stomach pain it causes can last for a long time. It also can appear with other symptoms that cause considerable discomfort, such as bloating, belching and nausea.

Over the counter antacids or other type of bloating and gas relief medication can provide relief for this type of stomach discomfort. However, before taking any type of medication; be sure to consult with your family doctor or healthcare provider first-

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