Abdominal pain: causes, possible symptoms and remedies

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The abdomen is a cavity in our body that contains many organs, so when pain appears it is not always easy to understand its origin. So let's find out all the possible causes and remedies to try in case of abdominal pain.

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The abdomen is a cavity in our body that contains many organs, so when pain appears it is not always easy to understand its origin and exact location. Let's find out then all the possible causes and remedies to try in case of abdominal pain.





First, let's take a step back to specifically identify the abdominal area. Is called abdomen that part of the body between the chest and the groin, which contains the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, uterus and ovaries (in the case of women), all wrapped in a membrane called the peritoneum.

When it comes to abdominal pain it is it is difficult to immediately understand where the problem is. Even if in fact the sore point is one in particular, it could be the reflection of an inflammation localized elsewhere. It will therefore be up to the doctor to understand exactly the underlying cause of the symptoms that have appeared.

Let's see some now possible causes of abdominal pain.

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Abdominal pain, causes

Abdominal pain can be a symptom of more or less serious diseases and problems: gastroenteritis o intestinal flu, syndrome of the irritable colon, presence of diverticula, premenstrual syndrome, appendicitis and even cancer.

Sometimes the cause can also be hypothesized based on the type of pain and above all on the more or less specific localization. Gastroenteritis, for example, causes pain spread throughout the abdomen while appendicitis o stomach pains are much more localized where the inflamed organ is located.

Abdominal pain can then be felt in the presence of a lot of gas or gas in the intestine colic, in this case the discomfort is represented by real cramps, so the pain appears and disappears with a more or less high frequency.

There are really many other possible causes of abdominal pain among these we remember: ulcer, hernia, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux, pancreatitis, gallbladder stones, celiac disease, food intolerance, intestinal obstructions, kidney stones, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis but also an anemia condition.



In summary, abdominal pain can appear in case of:

• Gastroenteritis
• Appendicitis
• Colitis
• Diverticula
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Calculations
• Flautolence
• Ulcer
• Hernia
• Gastritis
• Gastroesophageal reflux
• Celiac disease
• Food intolerance
• Pancreatitis
• Intestinal obstructions
• Ovarian cysts
• Fibroids
• Endometriosis
• anemia
• Tumors

As you will have understood it is very important to identify the triggering cause of abdominal pain (especially if they appear frequently) in order to act on it to avoid the recurrence of the problem and, in some cases, avert serious consequences for health.

Symptoms

Along with abdominal pain, other symptoms may also appear: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, fever, headache, fatigue and more.

More serious symptoms who must immediately make you think about going to the emergency room are the presence of other pains (especially in the chest, shoulder and neck), blood in the stool o in vomiting, the appearance of sudden very strong pains, weight loss or on the contrary unexplained weight gain, very conspicuous abdominal swelling, problems urinating, presence of jaundice (it can be recognized by the yellow color that takes on the skin and the scera, or the whites of the eyes).

In summary, do not underestimate the presence of these symptoms and go to the doctor as soon as possible or better to the emergency room:

• Presence of chest, shoulder or neck pain at the same time
• Presence of blood in the stool (or that comes out with vomit)
• Appearance of severe and sudden abdominal pain
Weight loss or on the contrary sudden increase
Conspicuous abdominal swelling
• Problems urinating
• Jaundice


Remedies for abdominal pain

The remedies for abdominal pain can be different and which one to use will obviously depend on the underlying cause:


Abdominal pain from gastroenteritis

If the upstream problem is gastroenteritis, remember to eat light and dry food, drink plenty of water and take probiotics. Since this problem often causes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, in addition to pain, natural remedies to try are those based on lemon and ginger.

Read also: GASTROENTERITIS: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIES IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Periodic abdominal pain

Menstrual pains affect the abdomen in the lower part, close to the genital organs and are very characteristic. They can in most cases be alleviated with some natural remedies including relaxing and deflating herbal teas, compresses to be applied on the abdomen based on ginger but also essential oils. Healthy nutrition is also important.

Read also: MENSTRUAL PAIN: 10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO RELIEVE THEM

Abdominal pain from colitis

In case of colitis, you can experiment with different natural remedies to deal with the problem of cramps, abdominal pain and the often present alternation of constipation and diarrhea. Also in this case it is possible act primarily on nutrition but also to use herbal teas (for example that of mallow) or herbal supplements based on soothing plants on the intestinal mucosa.

Read also: NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COLITIS

Abdominal pain from diverticula

The presence of diverticula is a pathology that should not be underestimated as if these small intestinal loops become inflamed there can be very serious consequences. In this case, it is very important to follow a suitable diet that includes lots of fiber (whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit) in order to promote intestinal regularity. Instead, there are foods to avoid, such as seeds and all foods that contain them (for example tomatoes).

Read also: DIVERTICOLES: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIES FOR DIVERTICULOSIS

Fluteless abdominal pains

If the problem that generates the pain is flatuolence, natural remedies that help absorb intestinal gas can come to the aid. Among these the fennel, charcoal, aniseed herbal tea and ginger. Chewing slowly every time you eat is also a good, cost-effective way to avoid the build-up of air in the intestine.

Read also: SWELLED BELLY: 10 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ABDOMINAL SWELLING

Abdominal pain from food intolerances and celiac disease

In this case, the pains are due to the intake of foods that are not beneficial to your body. The only way is to eliminate them from your diet, in the final case if we are talking about celiac disease or at least for a period in the case of food intolerances. Contact an expert for advice on this.

Read also: CELIAC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Abdominal pain from anemia

Few people know that anemia also has abdominal pains among its symptoms. In this case the remedies will be those aimed at bring iron back to the right levels but also vitamin B12 and folic acid among other things, solving any problems of malabsorption of these nutrients. It acts in the first instance especially at the food level with the right associations (for example foods rich in iron with vitamin C), limiting substances that affect correct absorption (for example tea and coffee), etc.

Read also: ANEMIA: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND NATURAL TREATMENTS

Other natural remedies for abdominal pain

At the following links we point out other natural remedies in case your abdominal pains are due to:

• Ulcer
• Hernia
• Gastritis
• Gastroesophageal reflux
• Endometriosis
• Kidney stones

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