Almost everyone experiences abdominal pain from time to time and it can be described as a stomachache or tummy ache. Abdominal pain can be mild or severe and can be contagious or just comes and goes or happens over weeks and months or can be considered chronic. If you want to learn more on how to manage abdominal pain, read here.
Causes of abdominal pain
- Abdominal pain that is caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the effect of diarrhea or constipation that goes with this disorder. There is bloating abdominal pain, uneasy pain or sharp harsh pain that can be felt at the lower part of the abdomen.
- Bladder and kidney stones are the effects of some dietary changes and pain occurs when the stones spread from the kidney to the bladder.
- A sharp, stabbing pain can be felt at the right of the belly button by those who have appendicitis, but some can feel a dull pain throughout the abdomen.
- Those who have ulcer experiences burning pain that is linked with vomiting or diarrhea.
- Stress can be caused by abdominal pain that results to painful gas, vomiting or diarrhea and heartburn.
Treatment and home remedies
- Seek medical help if experiencing severe pain and recurs.
- Take over-the-counter antacid for abdominal pain that is caused by heartburn.
- Take a warm bath or place a heating pad over the affected area.
- Avoid taking ibuprofen and aspirin since they can cause irritation of the stomach and lead to abdominal pain. Take acetaminophen since it is less likely to cause irritation.
- Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids in order to prevent dehydration as well as sticking with small meals throughout the day.
- Eat mild foods and avoid eating fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. Take small sips of non-carbonated drinks.
Other remedies to consider
- Take a sugar cube and place a drop of peppermint oil on it, then suck on the sugar until it is dissolved completely. This is helpful in relieving abdominal pain.
- Drink ginger beer or ginger soda or suck on a piece of fresh ginger. A cup of ginger tea can also help.
- Drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea if there is stomach upset. Both can help in soothing an upset stomach, minimize gas and help the stomach calm down so that spasms will stop.
- Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of activated charcoal in a glass of water, stir and drink it to relieve stomach ache. Activated charcoal is readily sold in health food stores.
- Lie down in bed and elevate the feet on a couple of pillows, then close the eyes and perform deep breathing. Apply a heating pad to the stomach while lying down in order to relieve stomach aches.
- Lie on the stomach if the ache feels like gas trapped inside. Placing pressure on the stomach will allow the gas to move around and come out as well as providing relief.