There are many causes for stomach and abdominal pain. Besides standard medical care, there are alternative treatment options.
Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can be related to stomach pain, or it may result from independent reasons. It can be fleeting or chronic. The pain can be sharp, sudden, sore, or dull. Depending on its causes, there are various remedies that can provide relief and ease the pain. Common origins of abdominal pain are constipation, food allergies and intolerances, and indigestion. For women, menstrual cramps or endometriosis can be bothersome. Males and females can suffer from urinary tract infections. Some patients may have ulcers or pelvic inflammatory disease. Gallstones and kidney stones also cause abdominal pain. Another trigger of stomach pain is gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Some acute conditions, such as appendicitis or hernia, are known to cause severe lower abdominal pain. Many of these disorders can also cause nausea. It is important that doctors and other practitioners note the type and location of pain, as well as the duration and the triggers. Some medications and supplements may be involved. Certain activities such as standing up, sitting down, lying down, or eating can alleviate or worsen the pain. Patients may have a recent injury or pregnancy, and a differential diagnosis should also note whether or not the pain is radiating, such as to the lower back, groin, buttocks, or shoulder.1
Doctors will diagnose the reasons for the stomach or abdominal pain by running various tests of the urine, stool, and blood. Enemas, X-ray, and barium swallows, as well as endoscopy, CT scan, and ultrasound, may also be performed. If there is a bacterial infection, then antibiotics will need to be prescribed. Patients with inflammation may be given medications for that situation. There are also prescriptions for GERD and ulcers. Patients may also benefit at home from making changes in their diet, and they may be given advice on nutrition, such as avoiding foods that trigger pain, allergies, and intolerances. For those with hernia and appendicitis, surgery will be needed to cure the conditions.2
Chiropractors massage therapists, and acupuncturists can provide alternative options to traditional medical treatments, medications, and surgery. It is not unusual for chiropractors to find that patients with back pain actually have abdominal pain. Besides the typical digestion and disease origins of stomach and abdominal pain, patients may also have a pulled muscle, or strains and sprains of ligaments and muscles. Chiropractic care can help patients with their pain, and treatment plans will be developed depending on the cause of the problem.3 Patients may also seek a massage therapist or perform self-massage at home. Aside from pain relief, it is thought that massage can help to eliminate toxins.4 Research on acupuncture has shown that it can impact hormones and anti-inflammatory chemicals. Its actions on the nervous system may aid in the release of endorphins or immune system cells.5