We will try to help you better understand Stomach Pain, what is causing it and how to deal with it. First of all let’s see what Stomach Pain is.
Stomach pain (or abdominal/stomach ache/pain) is never fun and it always seem to come at a bad time. This pain is a common symptom associated with transit disorders but may be caused by something more serious.
Diagnosing the causes of stomach pain can be difficult, because many diseases can have this effect. In most cases the causes are minor, but it is also possible to be caused by serious diseases, in which case urgent intervention is mandatory. Therefore it is important to be able to distinguish severe symptoms to know when it’s time to ask for immediate medical care.
Second, let’s see what to do when the pain comes. Before doing anything you need to try to relax, forget all your problems just concentrate on your stomach (if is rumbling – is a good sign), also sitting down may help and if possible make a visit to restroom.
No food and No drinks.
How to relieve stomach pain, if you don’t give it time to recover? Still if you can’t avoid eating (if hunger can not be exceeded), then choose to eat small portions of food without acid, such as cereals, stay away from sourness/pickles and go for vegetables like bananas or potatoes.
Your feet and your hands are crossed by numerous nerves so by using old techniques like Reflexology, your entire body can relax and overpass pain. Abdominal region have its correspondent on the central arch. As you can see in the image (click to enlarge), the left foot have a bigger “stomach area” but you can massage both feet.
By pressing with your thumb one spot, then move just a little forward, and repeat until you cover the entire central arch of the foot, the stomach pain should diminish.
While lie down face up, you can put a hot water bottle or heating pad directly on the stomach. The scientific explanation is simple: heat applied to the skin makes blood circulation more intense so that the sensation of pain that comes from inside the abdomen decrease.
Take a bath.
Using the same principle as above, if possible you can try taking a bath or a warm shower. A bath makes you more relaxed and if your mind is calm, the entire body follows and relieve stomach pain.
Last on non-invasive methods about how to relieve stomach pain fast – try to get some sleep. While resting on your back, close your eyes try to take a nap and let your stomach stretch, relax and hopefully with no pain when you’ll wake up!
How to Relieve Stomach Cramps with Herbs and Spices
Who hasn’t experienced even once in a lifetime a stomach cramps at night or day?
Abdominal pain is very common and most of them are harmless and goes away without any special treatment.
If you are dealing with uncomplicated abdominal pain causes, you only need a few natural remedies for stomach pain to make it calm down.
Besides the remedies presented in the previous article on What can help stomach pain – watch what you eat and eat slowly avoiding talking while chewing (so you don’t swallow air), a warm bath, a massage and of course plenty of rest, avoiding stress, there are some herbs that can bring relief of your stomach from the pain and discomfort and have a positive effect in reducing the feeling of nausea or the gas pain in stomach.
A cure for stomach problems of all types – particularly nausea and gas, people have been using for thousands of years is ginger. It is a strong antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that neutralize stomach acids. A warm cup of ginger tea will soothe your upset stomach. Make a simple ginger tea. You may know that fresh ginger works better, as compared to dry one. Seep few recent ginger pieces peeled and chopped in boiling water, let stand for up to five minutes, strain and drink away. To balance the spice add honey, when is warm, not hot. But if you don’t like spicy foods choose other forms like ground ginger or supplements
Also long-time helpers regarding stomach aliments are the fennel seeds. They contain anethole, a volatile oil that helps fighting gas, cramps and acid indigestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive juices. You can chew fennel seeds (a typical dose of fennel is 1–1 1/2 teaspoons of seeds per day) or make your own fennel tea. Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds to a cup of hot water, let stand for up to ten minutes, strain and drink on an empty stomach.
Mint also helps soothe spasms in the intestinal tract by helping to move things along and allowing the body to better absorb nutrients. Place 1 teaspoon dried mint in a cup and add boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes covered. Drink up to three cups of the warm tea a day. However, peppermint tea is not for everybody. You have to avoid it, if you have heartburn.
What to do for sudden stomach cramps and diarrhea?
A good home remedy for stomach pain and diarrhea is chamomile. As the ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, calms the muscle and sooth the mucous membrane of the digestive tract. Even if chamomile is a common treatment for stomach problems, not everyone can tolerate it, causing allergic reactions for those with sensitivities to asters, chrysanthemums. Add 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water. Cover the cup and let it stand for 3-5 minutes, strain and drink warn, not hot. If you can’t tolerate chamomile, an alternative to it, is the black tea – the anti-diarrheal effect comes from the tannins content.
What to do for stomach pain and constipation?
You may also try the juice from aloe vera that helps with the stomach cramps, but also with constipation and indigestion. If you want to stimulate digestion and reduce the production of intestinal gas you may garnish your food with parsley or spice with saffron and cinnamon.
Severe stomach pain? When to call a doctor?
In our previous articles we tried to help you dealing with stomach cramps and how to relieve stomach pain, but sometimes the stomach pain have more serious causes, in this case you should ask for medical help immediately.
There are a series of symptoms which combined to severe stomach pain demand medical assistance:
Abdominal area is tender to the touch and feel hard
Bleeding from your abdomen that can’t be stopped
Severe diarrhea with blood (bloody stools)
Severe/acute pain or high pressure in chest
Coughing up with blood
No bowel movement but vomiting
Changes with your vision
Dizziness and/or Fainting
Here are three other reasons why you would ask for medical assistance for severe stomach pain:
If you have an injury of any cause in your abdominal area.
If you are follow any kind of cancer medication/treatment.
If you are expecting a baby or suspect you might be expecting (pregnancy).