What Could Be Causing Your Stomach Ache?

What Could Be Causing Your Stomach Ache? When defining the term "stomach ache," it's important to note whether it is directly related to the digestive system or is it a general term for abdominal pain. In this instance, I am writing about the latter. 

What Could Be Causing Your Stomach Ache?

Some of these causes are gender specific, but others can be felt by anyone.


Appendicitis: 

Pain starting around the naval, especially if it is slightly above it, is one of the first symptoms of this bacterial infection. This pain will then move to the lower right section of your abdomen and increase greatly. 

Nausea and vomiting are also possible. If you suspect appendicitis, immediate medical care is required. Go to the emergency room or call 911.

BPH: 

One of the many symptoms of benign prostate hypoplasia is pain during urination. A few men may also have pain in the lower abdomen or back, especially when trying to urinate. There are other symptoms to this problem, including frequent trips to the bathroom, weak flow, starting and stopping and incomplete emptying of the bladder. 

The good news is that there are things that can be done. Ask your doctor about using saw palmetto to help reduce the symptoms and prevent further symptoms from developing.

Food Poisoning: 

Salmonella can present itself with abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Diarrhea may also occur and there could be blood in both. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to complications from this disorder and may need to be seen by their doctor. Home remedies include light meals, plenty of fluids to maintain hydration and rest. 

Skip caffeine and carbonated beverages as they could make matters worse. Also, avoid overly sweet or fat-filled foods and drinks. Licorice root may help calm the stomach and intestines, but use it with caution if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure.

Labor: 

Explaining labor is not something that can be given adequate justice in the English language. It is extremely painful and deserves the description, it's tiring. One symptom that it is beginning is an ache in the abdomen. 

You'll also feel it grow rigid as the pain increases, then feel it loosen up as it passes. If that starts, begin timing and contact those who need to know. There are, unfortunately, no alternative remedies for labor.

Urinary Tract Infection: 

Both men and women can develop UTIs, but it is more common in women. There can be pain around the location of the bladder and it burns like mad when you have to pee. If the infection is bad enough, you'll notice blood in your urine. 

Take a sample to your doctor to make sure this is the problem. The doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics. Ask if it is all right to use garlic supplements along with them, as that could help get rid of the infection faster.

Viruses: 

The stomach flu can actually be caused by a virus, though some are actually caused by food poisoning. As with that condition, the elderly and the very young need to be examined by the doctor, as their immune systems are more fragile and the risk of dehydration is higher. 

Sports drinks and water are a good idea, but as with food poisoning, caffeine and carbonation are not such a good idea. Licorice or marshmallow root may help reduce some of the pain and nausea.


Suggestion

If you choose to use alternative remedies, it's best to discuss them with your doctor prior to taking them. Let the doctor know of any medical problems, conditions, medications, and other supplements you use in order to avoid side effects and drug/herb interactions.

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