Having a tummy ache is one of the most common human medical experiences. We all know what stomach pain is like and the only difference is that not all stomach pain is the same. Location and severity of the pain is what differs. Some pains are not a cause for concern while others are more serious that they may even require medication or surgery.
Here are the different types of stomach pain and how they can be treated.
1. Sharp jabbing pain in the upper right abdomen (gallstones)
This occurs when the gallbladder stores some of the bile that is used in digestion. It combines with digestive juices from the liver and pancreas to break down the partially digested food that has left the stomach and entered the small intestine.
Some people have gallstones without any symptoms at all, but when pain begins, the condition needs to be treated soon. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatments range from oral medication to dissolve the stones to surgery to remove the gallbladder.
It occurs when pressure builds up in the colon and small intestine. Your bowel movements are lumpy, hard to pass, and you go to the bathroom less than three times a week. You may also feel bloated and so full you can't imagine eating anything else.
The best treatment for constipation is to add more fiber to your diet, drink more water, and exercise. Sometimes stool softener may be needed.
3. Uncomfortable bloating (excess gas)
Eating too many gas-causing foods can lead to an overabundance of gas in the digestive tract that creates a feeling of bloating. This can also happen from drinking a lot of carbonated beverages or swallowing too much air when eating quickly. Excess gas is a common and non-serious condition that usually resolves itself over time, but it can also be remedied by the use of over-the-counter drugs for those who are especially prone to gas.
4. Sharp pain in the lower right side of the abdomen (Appendicitis).
This is a pain that hits you out of nowhere. It occurs when there is a blockage iside the appendix, which becomes sore, swollen and can even burst sometimes. This pain is accompanied with fever and vomiting. Those who have appendicitis require surgery to remove the appendix.
5. Upper stomach pain or burning sensation(peptic ulcer)
Peptic ulcers occur when damage to the lining of the stomach results in painful sores. Infections, heavy drinking, smoking, aspirin, or a variety of other digestive illnesses and the digestive juices can actually eat away at the stomach lining which acts as a barrier between the lining itself and the caustic digestive juices. Treatment options mainly focus on neutralizing or reducing the stomach acid so that the sores can heal.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation, irritation, or swelling, and ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine. Some symptoms include abdominal cramps, bloody stools, nausea, and weight loss. It affects mostly young people between the ages of 15 and 30. There is no cure for it. However, mild cases can be maintained with over-the-counter medications while more severe cases might require stronger medicines with steroids.
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