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How to Treat Stomach Pain in Adults

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Most tummy aches aren’t serious, but if the discomfort becomes severe it’s wise to consult with a healthcare provider. Determining where and when the pain began can help your physician identify its source.

Most cases of abdominal pain subside without surgery; often leaving no one to identify what caused it. Treatment options range from mild measures such as physical therapy and supplements to more drastic solutions like surgery.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Consuming water is essential to staying hydrated and keeping your body healthy, especially when experiencing stomach pain. How much you drink will depend on individual needs; to find your optimal dose, choose room temperature or slightly cold water that does not contain carbonation or added sugar.

Avoid foods that could irritate your stomach, such as acidic or high-fat foods, caffeine and alcohol consumption can worsen stomach pain, as can taking mild painkillers such as paracetamol may help. Always consult with a healthcare provider first, however.

At some point, most people experience stomach discomfort, and most cases it shouldn’t be cause for alarm. If the pain becomes severe or sudden in its onset, however, seeking medical advice might be wise as this could indicate serious conditions that need immediate attention.

When visiting your doctor, be sure to explain the source and severity of the stomach pain, including any additional symptoms such as vomiting or blood in your stool. They’ll then be able to diagnose what’s causing it and prescribe appropriate remedies like medication or diet changes; alternatively they might suggest natural solutions like peppermint tea.

2. Avoid Foods That Cause Heartburn

When heartburn flares up, it is wise to avoid foods and beverages known to trigger it. Fried food, for example, can worsen symptoms by remaining in your stomach longer and making acid leak into your esophagus more easily. Fatty foods also take longer to break down than their lighter counterparts and may contribute by stimulating more acid production; chocolate, peppermint and onions are also known triggers; carbonated beverages exert pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), pushing stomach contents upward into your esophagus causing further discomfort.

Avoiding foods that cause heartburn can significantly decrease the frequency and severity of attacks. To identify which ones do so, keep a food and symptom log which includes when symptoms occur, type of discomfort felt and severity level.

Not only should you avoid foods known to trigger heartburn, but try eating smaller meals more often. Lean meats, fish, skinless poultry and grilled vegetables are excellent protein choices that should not cause heartburn. Reduce high-fat dairy such as sour cream and regular cottage cheese in favor of lower-fat milk or yogurt instead; try replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead to lower acid production in your stomach. Lastly, stay away from foods known to cause gastroesophageal Reflux such as acidic tomato products and citrus fruits as well as fatty or sugary salad dressings peppermint raw onion chocolate and alcohol.

3. Take Over-the-Counter Antacids

Antacids provide quick relief of heartburn and indigestion according to the Cleveland Clinic; however, they won’t treat underlying conditions that cause your stomach pain; nor will they prevent acid reflux into the esophagus from your stomach, or reduce episodes. If you experience regular heartburn or indigestion issues, consult with your physician regarding long-term use of antacids.

OTC (Over-The-Counter) Antacids come in pill, chewable tablet and liquid forms – making them easy and accessible for purchase without needing a valid prescription. While OTC antacids provide immediate relief from heartburn caused by excess stomach acid production, long-term usage could pose health risks.

Antacids don’t just neutralize acid; they also work by suppressing pepsin’s activity – an enzyme responsible for breaking down food into digestible pieces for digestion. Antacids should generally be taken either after meals or before bed; read through your packaging’s instructions to be sure you take them correctly.

Antacids can sometimes cause acid rebound, in which your body produces even more acid than before taking an antacid. If this happens to you, discontinue use immediately and visit your physician – it could indicate more serious conditions requiring treatment; to help your doctor identify what’s causing abdominal discomfort more efficiently. Describe symptoms thoroughly so they can accurately pinpoint its source.

4. See Your Doctor

Most people will experience stomach pain at some point in their life, though some cases may be more serious than others. If the discomfort continues or worsens, or if fever or diarrhea accompany the discomfort, seek medical advice immediately as this could indicate more serious conditions that need treating, such as infection or gallbladder issues.

Health care professionals can often pinpoint what’s causing abdominal pain by asking you several questions, including when and what caused it, when and what you’ve been doing since, whether the pain is constant or intermittent and if so how it feels (crampy/achy/sharp or dull); localization vs coverage; etc.

If the doctor cannot pinpoint what’s causing your discomfort, they may prescribe antacids or other medication to relieve it. If they suspect more serious illness, however, tests will likely be ordered in order to diagnose and treat it accordingly. Once diagnosed, these results can help your physician find out why abdominal pain exists as well as ways of treating it effectively.