What Causes Upper Stomach Pain and Bloating?

Bloating or pain in the upper stomach can cause intense pain and discomfort and is indicative of something serious. This occurs when gas gets trapped under the abdominal cavity resulting in inflamed muscles. The result of this is an acute, sharp, cramping pain. If it continues to occur after a couple of hours, it can potentially lead to mass vomiting, dehydration and can be fatal. It typically worsens after eating and is worse at night.

Bloating can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the causes of bloating are mentioned below.

• Common reasons:

Gas can be caused by eating when your digestion is highly active. Digestive activities such as chewing and swallowing as well as the loitering that we all do when eating are all activities that can cause gas. These digestive activities will cause additional gas from the digestion of the food. This will also occur after a course of highly acidic foods which are commonly found in certain foods such as citrus fruits, chocolate, fatty foods, sugars and most commonly, carbohydrates.

• Food intolerance:

Our digestive tract including the stomach, small and large intestine, can be temporarily blocked by a range of foods including food intolerances such as lactose, gluten, wheat, peanuts, soy, vegetables of any kind and gluten. These foods will significantly increase gas output by your small intestine thereby increasing flatulence. In some cases, food intolerance may be a hereditary condition as well.

• Clinical conditions:

There are other conditions such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, etc that may cause symptoms that are similar to IBS and bloating.

• Other Medical Conditions:

There are other medical conditions such as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that may cause similar symptoms to IBS. However, IBS is by far the most common and although slight differences may occur, they are usually very slight.

• Posture:

One of the major symptoms of IBS is how you sit or stand. For the most part, if you are not already, stand up a little straighter when speaking or performing tasks such as writing. This will help to alleviate some of the swelling that occurs naturally with IBS.

One of the most common symptoms of IBS is back pain and this can be caused by lack of muscle tone of the lower back area. When the lower back muscles aren’t tone correctly, then the entire core area will become strained.

One of the most common symptoms of IBS is stomach pain and this can be caused by a variety of other reasons such as: a gastrointestinal disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome, a metabolic disorder such as candida, or an allergic reaction which causes pain in the digestive tract.

Is IBS Addition or S replacement?

Many people who have IBS tend to think that it is either replacement or addition of an existing condition. This is not correct. While some people may have signs of an IBS condition, it does not explain all of them. Therefore, it is best to consult your doctor to get a definitive diagnosis before you self-prescribe a treatment plan.

It is important to note that when you self-prescribe a treatment plan, you are skipping a lot of the medical care that you need. Most of the prescription drugs that you will need will be ones that promote healthy bowel movement, pain relief, diet modification, and emotional support.

While you may have a fewuch normal symptoms, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that you have IBS. As mentioned earlier, the condition can have serious affects when left untreated, so your run the risk of becoming extremely ill with your IBS symptoms.

Do a thorough examination before you self-prescribe a treatment plan that can help you or a loved one overcome IBS.

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