The abdomen constitutes a large part of the human body and any pain can be caused by many issues, ranging from benign to more dangerous. For a closer look to any possible consequences, determine the exact sore spot.
Stomach ache is one of the most common health issues, and it affects 90% of population. We are most scared of its intensity, but that does not mean that something serious happens in your body and vice versa — mild, but long-lasting pain can indicate a chronic condition that should be treated.
If you feel pain in your stomach, in any area, and it lasts more than two weeks, consult your doctor to exclude any serious diagnosis. Long-lasting bloating, vomiting, diarrhea and bloody stool are a sign that you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Any ache in the area between your chest and thighs is referred to as stomach ache. Taking into consideration and that is a pretty big area, you need to locate the exact spot in order to determine the cause of pain more easily.
Use this map to locate your pain and identify its cause.
You’re getting a migraine.
While sometimes, unexplained nausea and vomiting are your stomach’s way of telling you it’s in distress (think food poisoning, gastritis, or an ulcer), other times, your stomach sends up a flare about something else entirely. According to Kristine Arthur, MD, an internist at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, nausea and vomiting are ways of alerting you to oncoming migraines, by triggering “changes in the central nervous system and also the slowing of digestion.”
If the nausea is sudden, and you aren’t experiencing other symptoms of food poisoning, don’t be surprised if a debilitating headache is right around the corner.
You have appendicitis.
Pain that begins near your navel, but sharpens over time and moves downward, might be pointing to a dangerous condition: acute appendicitis. As Arthur explains: “If you are experiencing a sharp pain in the lower right abdomen that comes on rather suddenly over several hours or a day and it is persistent, it may be appendicitis.”
And this is one symptom you definitely shouldn’t ride out at home. “You should be seen by a doctor that day because it often requires surgery and, if left untreated, a ruptured appendix can be deadly,” says Arthur. You may also experience loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, bloating, or a low grade fever.
You have hypoglycemia.
If you find that you get ravenously hungry and that it’s difficult to satiate your hunger, your stomach may be trying to tell you that you have hypoglycemia.
“For most people, when blood sugar drops below 70, they have symptoms of hypoglycemia, which can include nausea, sweating, dizziness, and even confusion or fainting,” says Arthur. “The easiest and quickest way to increase blood sugar is to drink something with sugar, such as juice.” The good news? Those symptoms should disappear once your sugar level is back to normal—usually in only a few minutes.