Often stomach pain is down to overeating, however in some cases it may be something more serious. If you’re frequently in pain, it’s important to monitor when the pain occurs, where it’s localised and how long it is lasting.
Dr Adam Simon, founder and lead GP at Private GP Extra, highlights the conditions that might be causing your upset stomach:
- Coeliac Disease – Around 1% of the population suffers from coeliac disease, which is an allergy to gluten. The condition can be diagnosed by a blood test. As well as abdominal pain, it can cause anaemia and diarrhoea.
- Excess fatty foods – Too many fatty foods can cause a build-up of gas, which can also lead to heartburn. These symptoms can be aggravated by alcohol.
- Gastritis – While there is no particular foods known to cause gastritis, some people may suffer symptoms from eating certain foods that don’t agree with them. This can be tested with a simple breath test for people who suffer from bloating or excess gas, and a dietitian can then advise on what foods to avoid.
- IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is very common. People who suffer from it may experience stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, which is normally relieved by passing wind or going to the toilet. If your IBS is affecting your daily life, see your GP for help on managing your condition.
- Hernia – A hernia happens when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in the muscle. You will most likely be able to feel it protruding. This can be corrected with an operation.
- Appendicitis – In rare cases, you may be experiencing this, which is a medical emergency requiring surgery as soon as possible, as if left untreated, it will burst, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity.
If you are suffering from any persistent kind of stomach pain that you think may be a cause for concern, get in touch to make an appointment and your Private GP will make your diagnosis and offer you advice or a referral. To book an appointment with one of our GPs, please call 0161 428 4464.