What’s that Pain in my Belly?

Matt SomersStarred Page By Matt Somers, 28th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Tummy aches happen at any time of the year for any number of reasons. Here is a list of some of the more common causes, so that the next time you feel the pain you know how best to deal with it. To your good health!

What that Pain in my Belly?

Who hasn’t experienced stomach pain in one form or another? You’d be hard pressed to find one person. The reason for the ubiquitous nature of this pain, as with headaches and the like, is that the causes for it come from various sources.

Dietary behaviour, physical activity, posture and stress can all contribute to temporary stomach pain, though some more serious causes also exist. Know the difference, and know when to seek help from a professional medical aid provider.

Common Causes

A general term for describing stomach pain is IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. Though some people are chronic sufferers, mostly the term is used to describe instances where the pain is the direct result of something temporary, such as stress, or a bad diet. To alleviate your pain, try any of the following:

• Avoid ‘gassy’ foods such as dry beans, coconut, onion and avocado
• Calm down! A stressed mind means a stressed body, and a tense tummy is only going to cause you discomfort and likely constipation
• Exercising is a great way to alleviate symptoms of stomach pain and is also a great way to reduce stress
• If all else fails, see a doctor who may recommend a short course of medication, or simply a behavioural change.

Serious Cases

If you happen to suffer from a stomach pain that isn’t linked to a lifestyle or habit, you may be suffering from a Peptic ulcer. Although it may sound very scary, dealing with this is not as bad as its name may sound. These ulcers usually occur in the lining of the stomach and also in the oesophagus. The feeling associated with the ulcer is often described as a sharp, burning pain.

If you feel you are at risk of suffering from a peptic ulcer, cutting out smoking and any over-use of non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen and aspirin) will help – these have been proven to increase the risk of Peptic ulcers. If cutting out the risk increasing factors is not enough, your doctor may prescribe medication.

Another variant of stomach pain that many experience is GORD, (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) a dull sort of pain that occurs higher in the abdomen, underneath the breastbone. Usually described as a burning sensation, it is the result of acid reflux into the oesophagus. This is mostly brought on by dietary habits, and certain foods, like coffee, beer, chocolate and fried foods.

With so many factors that could cause your tummy some trouble, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have yourself covered by a premium medical aid scheme.

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Belly Ache, Medical Aid Provider, Medical Aid Scheme, Stomach Ache, Tummy Ache

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author avatar vpaulose
30th May 2012 (#)

Interesting. Thank you Matt.

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