Stomach aches can indeed drive one crazy. If you have a stomach ache and cannot place what the reason is, may be you should follow a few tips that will help you prevent stomach aches. However, if you do experience any abdominal discomfort, it is essential that you speak with your doctor as soon as possible. It could be a symptom of some other ailment that could be more serious.
If you are the kind of person that gets stomach aches once in a while, you could follow some tips that may help.
1) Eat small meals and make sure that you eat more often.
2) You should ensure that the meals you eat are well balanced and have a high fiber content.
3) Drink at least eight glasses of water in a day.
4) Indulge in regular exercise.
5) Avoid or at least limit foods that produce gas. Legumes such as peas, baked beans, dried beans, soy beans, and lima beans produce gas. Dairy products like cheese, milk and ice cream too, produce gas. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, kohlrabi, sauerkraut, potaties, rutabaga, radishes, onions, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and asparagus produce some gas in your body. Fruits that produce gas include: bananas, apricots, raisins, apples and prunes. Wheat rich foods such as pastries, bread and cereals produce some gas. And any carbonated beverage will produce gas.
It is important that you are aware of your body, and can point out exactly where you feel some discomfort, this will help the doctor provide the best medical care.
While abdominal pain could be caused due to over eating, there could be times where an infection could be causing the problem as well. Your abdominal area has a number of organs and the location could indicate where the problem lies.
1) Naval: If the pain persists near your navel, it could be a sign of appendicitis, or it could indicate that there is a problem with your small intestine.
2) Upper middle abdomen: pains found here indicate problems with your stomach, gall bladder, pancreas or the upper part of the small intestine.
3) Upper left abdomen: Though unusual, if you feel pain in this area, it could be a problem caused by the stomach, spleen, pancreas or colon.
4) Upper Right Abdomen: Pains in this area are associated with gall bladder inflammation.
5) Lower Middle Abdomen: These pains are caused due to problems in the colon. Women who suffer from UTIs and pelvic inflammatory disease, could experience pain in this region as well.
6) Lower Right Abdomen: Appendicitis may spread to this region and colon inflammation could be causing pain.
7) Lower Left Abdomen: This could be caused due to a problem at the end of the colon.
It is essential that you speak with your doctor, before you start diagnosing yourself. It could be a symptom of a more serious ailment, and you should be extremely careful. Speaking with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist will help you learn about how you can include foods in your diet that will treat your stomach well. A homeopath can also help you with herbal and natural remedies that will make your stomach pains a thing of the past.