When we feel pain in certain body parts, a lot of us play it off like it’s something that will just pass.
Sometimes, stomach pain can be looked at as a result of a bad meal. But if it persists, then it’s not to be taken lightly.
According to a 2016 study, about 7 to 10 percent of visits to the emergency room had to do with abdominal pain.
Though that may seem like a low percentage, the damage that can come from this is more than we think.
Here are a variety of symptoms that will tell you if you should be concerned.
Stomach pain with nausea and vomiting can be attributed to a bleeding ulcer.
These symptoms could also mean you have esophagitis. But you shouldn’t assume immediately that it is an ulcer — if these symptoms also include others like headaches and a sore throat, then you are most likely sick with something else, and not with anything that stems from a problem with your stomach area.
Pay attention if the stomach pain wakes you out of your sleep.
“When we go to sleep, our intestines go to sleep,” Dr. Hanauer, medical director of Northwestern University’s digestive health center, told TODAY. “So if the pain is bad enough to wake us up, that’s concerning.”
This is a common symptom of a gall bladder problem; the pain must be great enough to wake up the brain, which shuts down a lot of pain signals during sleep.
Severe and sudden abdominal pain when you’re awake can be attributed to your gall bladder, though this can also apply to appendicitis.
Then, there’s colitis.
Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects 1.6 million Americans per year.
Pain that coincides with bowel movements, and a sort of cramping pain in the stomach are very common symptoms for colitis.
This is one of the tricky diseases to catch, as it can be mistaken for other issues such as Crohn’s disease due to the similarity in symptoms. According to quibd, rectal bleeding is more common with colitis, and with Crohn’s disease, you are more likely to develop skin tags and have continuous abdominal pain.
Of course, these are just symptoms you could look out for, and just because you feel a symptom doesn’t necessarily mean you have that condition. You should never try to diagnose yourself; going to your local doctor to have it checked out is the best option.
For relief of any of these symptoms, there’s a number of remedies available.
Soda and ginger are common methods to ease an upset stomach, along with over-the-counter medications such as Gas-X. If you’re looking for more of a natural anti-inflammatory method, chamomile tea is something that will help your stomach relax.
WebMD says that Crohn’s disease may cause deficiencies in your nutrition, so taking nutritional supplements can help to combat this. And for the most part, over-the-counter antibiotics are used to help with the disease.
Healthline suggests that with colitis, it comes down to changes in diet; sticking with meat and vegetables, and avoiding alcohol and deli meats are the way to go.
Be sure to check with your doctor before going through with any of these treatments.
According to WedMD, abdominal pain can still happen even when everything is else is fine; this may have to do with stress. Exercising and yoga are great stress relievers, and can help pain go away over time.
Knowing the symptoms is crucial to getting the treatment needed. While stomach pain is a common symptom for a plethora of conditions and diseases, remember which symptoms represent which issue so you can find a way to treat it.