The stomach is a rigid but sensitive organ at the same time, located on the left side of the abdominal cavity, concealed in part by the liver and the diaphragm.
For most people, stomach upset is quite common.
What diseases can hide behind this pain ? In which case should the doctor be consulted? Small point on the stomach pain.
Epidemiology of stomach pain
As I said above, stomach pains are very common especially for women. A study on this was conducted in nine countries showed that 25% of people suffer from cramps, associated or not with stomach problems.
Symptoms of stomach pain
To find out if your Stomach is the source of the problem :
The pain should be in the area just above the navel in the epigastric fossa (middle and upper part of the belly), like cramp or burn.
Sometimes, we can find other symptoms that are added to those: nausea, vomiting, acid reflux ..
What are the Diseases that are related to stomach pain ?
Gastroesophageal reflux :
The symptoms of this disease : burning sensation behind the sternum which increases after meals, in an inclined or recumbent position, acid regurgitation, which gives a bitter taste in the mouth.
Peptic ulcer :
An ulcer is a hole that forms when the lining of the digestive tract is destroyed by acidic digestive juices. Ulcers can form in the stomach wall (gastric ulcer), duodenum **(first part of the small intestine)** or esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach). Symptoms: burning or throbbing pain from the stomach but may radiate into the stomach. In general, this pain subsides after eating and reappears between meals or during the night.
inflammation of the lining of the stomach.
Symptoms : heartburn, pain in the upper abdomen, often more intense after the meal. Sometimes nausea, loss of appetite.
When does it become dangerous and you need to see your doctor ?
- Presence of blood in the stool
- Bloody vomiting
- Great fast weight loss
- Pain during swallowing
- If you have a big problem swallowing
- If the burns persist despite the treatments recommended by the pharmacist
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