Stomach pain is a fairly common health problem. Although it is not always attributed to an underlying gastrointestinal disease, research has shown that over 50% of Americans are living with stomach pain and are not being treated by a doctor. Many times, these issues are simply abdominal challenges and not related to the stomach organ. However, in other cases, the digestive tract malfunctions causing pain and other problems. Regardless of the source of stomach pain, it’s always best to consult a doctor for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment routine.
At MyCare Health Partners, we are very familiar with the causes of stomach pain and can provide guidance using comprehensive physical exams and preventative health techniques. Tailored to suit each patient’s needs, our comprehensive exams will provide the full picture.
Causes of Stomach Pain
Many health problems can cause stomach pain including indigestion, gallbladder inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, pregnancy, gas, endometriosis, kidney stones, gastritis, appendicitis, gluten, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, hernia, and even menstrual cramps. Depending on the location of the stomach pain, it could be an indicator of specific health concerns. You can experience upper stomach pain, pain in the middle of the stomach, lower stomach pain, and stomach pain after eating. These different locations are all indicators of different health concerns. Mild stomach pains usually go away without treatment but prolonged or worsened stomach pain requires treatment and physician diagnosis.
Lower stomach pain is often associated with appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, and ectopic pregnancy. General stomach pain is typically associated with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, traumatic injury, and the flu. Upper stomach pain is often linked to gallstones, heart attacks, hepatitis, and pneumonia. Still, there are a few serious common causes of stomach pain that are associated with the gastrointestinal system and should be discussed and highlighted in more detail:
- Constipation – If you’ve ever experienced the uncomfortable experience of sharp abdominal pains, gas, bloating, and the feeling of being full, you may have been constipated. It’s a fairly common problem that affects around 2.5 million Americans. It causes hard, dry bowel movements that occur fewer than three times a week and may not be caused by an underlying disease.
- Ulcers – Another fairly common digestive issues, ulcers are sores in the lining of your stomach, small intestine, or esophagus. Upper abdominal pain is typically associated with ulcers and it is treated with medication. One out of every 10 Americans will experience the burning, gnawing abdominal pain of ulcers. Studies have shown that ulcers can develop as a result of heavy alcohol use, psychological stress, and smoking. Other studies show that ulcers develop in older individuals since overuse of over-the-counter painkillers is also associated with ulcers and aspirin is frequently used for arthritis relief.
- Irritable bowel syndrome – Diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain are all associated with IBS, which is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Although the source of IBS is not well understood, people are often able to manage symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet, and stress management. Also known as spastic colon, irritable colon, and spastic colitis, some patients will need to utilize medication and counseling methods. Symptoms may vary in severity and may be triggered by stress and diet. It’s important to note that spastic colon is completely different and separate from irritable bowel disease.
- Diverticulitis – Pouches called diverticula can become infected or inflamed causing abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and bowel habit changes. It is usually treated with rest, liquid or low fiber diet, and antibiotics. More severe cases may need hospitalization or surgery. If left untreated, it can lead to long term health problems.
- Pancreatitis – When digestive enzymes turn on the pancreas, a patient may feel severe abdominal pain that may travel to the back and chest. Symptoms like vomiting, indigestion, fat in the stool, fever, or nausea are associated with pancreatitis. Another issue of sudden jolts of pain that go away after a few days of treatment. Other symptoms patients may experience are weight loss, sweating, and fast heart rate. Pancreatitis is treated with hospitalization, dietary changes, and lots of fluids.
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Are you experiencing stomach pain? Don’t rely on self-diagnosis since there may be other factors you are not aware of. The gastrointestinal system has its own nervous system that manages digestion and a lot can be taking place. MyCare Health Partners is aligned with TopLine MD Health Alliance, which consists of the highest quality physicians and medical facilities. They provide personalized, convenient, and simple medical services. With access to the most advanced medical technologies, our board-certified physicians are compassionate and skilled partners in assisting you in reaching your health goals. With our comprehensive physical exams and general and preventative health services, we make sure that our patients receive holistic and advanced treatment.
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