At some point or another, we have all experienced some kind of stomachache. We may ask ourselves a million questions as to why, but can never figure it out.
In many cases, stomach pain can be easily treated with the use of medication or just letting time take its course. However, severe and ongoing stomach pain can reflect a major problem involving the organs in your stomach.
Below are some of the most common reasons why you may be experiencing stomach pain. Other reasons include pancreatitis, appendicitis, kidney stones, hernia and endometriosis.
Here are 5 Reasons Why Your Stomach Hurts:
- Heartburn/Acid Indigestion- Heartburn is a burning pain that moves up from your stomach into your abdomen and chest. It can cause regurgitation; the sensation of acid backing up into your throat or, dyspepsia; burping, nausea after eating, stomach fullness, bloating and upper abdominal pain (WebMD).
- Lactose Intolerance- According to the NIH, “lactose intolerance is a condition in which people have digestive symptoms—such as bloating, diarrhea, and gas—after eating or drinking milk or milk products.” It is caused by a lactase deficiency or lactose malabsorption.
- Stomach Ulcer- Stomach ulcers are painful sores, commonly found in your stomach lining or small intestine. According to Healthine, “they occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is reduced, thus enabling the digestive acids to eat away at the lining tissues of the stomach.”
- Side Effects of Medication- Over the counter medications may be the cause to your upset stomach. Asprin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Aleve, laxatives and iron supplements, just to name a few.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)- The symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms may be triggered due to foods, stress, hormones and other illnesses such as gastroenteritis.