Do you suffer from gastric pain? If so, it can be hard to focus on anything else. The constant stomach cramps and pain leave many people feeling frustrated and helpless. But there are ways to deal with the discomfort. You just need to know what they are.
It’s important that we’re sensitive to our stomachs and know the tell-tale signs of gastric pain, so we know how best to treat it.
In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of gastric pain, its causes, and how you can treat your symptoms. Along the way, we will also share our top 8 tips to help relieve gastric pain.
Symptoms of gastric pain
Gastric pain is an uncomfortable feeling caused by stress or something your body does not agree with. The discomfort often starts as bloating, abdominal cramps, and indigestion symptoms. You might also experience heartburn after eating or drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, tea, and alcohol because these substances irritate the lining of one’s gut (commonly called GERD).
Gastric pain often manifests as a feeling of fullness in the stomach area or cramping. Sometimes you may also feel it from the upper abdominal region around your rib cage and breast bone.
Signs of gastric pain include (one of these symptoms or more):
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever (high temperature)
For those with gastric discomfort on an ongoing basis, you might experience symptoms like belching (burping), bloating (having too much air trapped in one’s belly), or nausea when experiencing bouts of gastric pain. These are all indications that something is not right.
If these symptoms continue for more than two weeks without any relief, consult with a gastroenterologist to rule out anything serious before continuing self-diagnosis online.
What causes gastric pain
Sometimes, people experience bouts of gastric pain for reasons other than the obvious. For example, if you are experiencing a lot of stress in your life and have not been sleeping well, as a result, this can sometimes cause excessive acid production in your stomach, which leads to discomfort or irritation.
If you’ve eaten something that disagrees with you (such as food from an unknown source) or experienced some trauma like surgery recently, these could also be causes for gastric pain.
If none of those factors seem likely to lead to your symptoms, it may just be due time for another course of medication. This is especially true if the symptoms continue even after taking over-the-counter medications prescribed by your doctor.
Gastric pain can be caused by the following:
- Acid indigestion (heartburn) from too much acid in your stomach is caused by conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- A food intolerance, meaning a reaction to certain foods that may not affect others similarly
- Stomach ulcers are usually more prevalent for chronic gastric problems and are experiencing constant bouts of heartburn after eating or drinking acidic beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol
There are different causes for these symptoms such as H pylori infection which can lead to ulcers in the gut lining.
How to cure gastric pain
There are different treatments for gastric pain, such as over-the-counter medications prescribed by a doctor.
Over time, it is important to change one’s diet and include more fiber so that the stomach can function better and prevent many cases of acid indigestion or heartburn when eating acidic foods like coffee, tea, or alcohol.
There are also several others things you can do to relieve gastric pain.
Here are 8 things you can do today to cure gastric pain:
1. Take antacids on an empty stomach before meals if you experience heartburn after eating or drinking acidic beverages
Antacids may help with this if taken on an empty stomach as they protect the lining of your gut against acids coming up into it when you eat or drink something else.
For some people, though, antacids might also cause their symptoms to worsen because they will neutralize the stomach acid (thus preventing it from breaking down their food) and cause more reflux. For this reason, many people with ulcers opt to take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
2. Consider trying medications like PPIs
If you continue to get symptoms of gastric pain despite dietary changes or antacid use, you can consider taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
PPIs are a type of medication that reduces acid in the stomach. These medications come with side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can be problematic for many people, so they may want to consult their physician before making this decision.
3. Eat healthier
Avoid foods that cause stomach pain like tomatoes and citrus fruits. Try to also avoid foods with too much soy because they will ferment in our gut for a long time, causing pain. Instead, eat foods rich in fiber as it will help protect your gut lining while absorbing any excess acid that may contribute to your gastric pain.
4. Try eating smaller portions of food throughout the day, rather than in one sitting
Eat smaller portions of food. It also helps to eat and drink more slowly to give the stomach time to empty itself before you start eating again, leading to bloating discomfort.
5. Avoid spicy food
Another way to reduce gastric pain is to avoid eating spicy food. Spicy foods can lead to heartburn, stomach pains, and other abdominal symptoms.
Spicy foods have been linked to causing heartburn, stomach pain, and other abdominal symptoms. There are two reasons why spicy food may cause issues with digestion:
- It is hard on the esophageal sphincter, which can lead to acid reflux
- It can also irritate the lining of the intestines or esophagus making them more sensitive
6. Drink plenty of fluids
Another way to reduce the symptoms of gastric pain is by drinking plenty of fluids. Drinking water and other liquids can help prevent constipation, which in turn leads to stomach pains.
7. Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can make your stomach feel worse. Try and sleep for at least six hours a night, but try to rest during the day if you have trouble sleeping.
Those who lack sleep due to work or other commitments could take time out in the daytime when possible for some quick naps.
8. Keep stress levels low
Spend time with friends and family members, practicing relaxation exercises, or getting help from a therapist if needed.
Whatever you do, try to keep stress levels low. Having a healthy diet and getting enough exercise also go hand in hand with managing your stress better.
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Gastric pain can be caused by many factors and vary in severity. If you are experiencing gastric pain, make sure to take the necessary precautions and use these tips wisely when necessary.
We hope that this article has helped shed some light on what causes your stomach pains and how you can treat them at home or get professional help if they persist.
It is important to remember that treatment for gastric pain comes down to a variety of different options depending on its cause which ranges from overconsumption of alcohol or food like spicy dishes, diet changes, emotional stressors such as anxiety or depression, medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (or even an infection).
Smarter Health can help you book an appointment with a gastroenterologist of your choice for further diagnosis and appropriate treatments tailored to meet your needs. Get in touch with Smarter Health today.