Common Causes of Stomach Problems
One of the most common causes of doctor visits are stomach problems. These issues may include nausea, vomiting, pain, heartburn or constipation. There are many possible causes for stomach problems and it would be nearly impossible to list every possible cause in one article. Below are a few examples of some of the common causes of stomach problems.
First, it is important to understand that while some stomach problems may be minor, others require an immediate visit to the doctor or emergency room. If the pain is very sudden and severe or accompanied by high fever and other serious symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. Also if pain, even mild pain, persists for more than a day or two, you should seek care.
Of course, sometimes even mild pain could be the sign of a serious problem. The only way to accurately rule out something serious is by visiting your doctor.
Organ related stomach problems would include anything that was a direct cause of a problem with an organ. This could include the appendix, gallbladder or kidney. Of course, pain from a kidney would not technically be a stomach problem, but because the pain from kidney stones or other kidney problems may seem like abdominal pain, they are included in the list.
If the cause of your stomach pain is related to an organ, it is likely that, at some point, medical intervention will be required. While some conditions may clear up on their own, this is not usually the case.
Illnesses, such as Crohn’s Disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases can cause very serious stomach problems that are persistent and sometimes quite severe. Often, these symptoms start in childhood and go undiagnosed for years. The problems related to these diseases usually include many types of stomach problems. In some cases, these symptoms greatly interfere with the patients’ quality of life and can lead to serious complications, many of which require surgery to correct.
A virus is probably one of the most common causes of stomach problems. Pretty much everyone will experience this type of stomach problem at some point. While the symptoms can be quite miserable, they usually pass on their own within a few days.
Another common cause of stomach problems is food poisoning. Often, this is never recognized as food poisoning and is blamed on a virus. This is because most cases of food poison are relatively mild and clears up with no medical intervention.
Of course, some cases of food poisoning are more severe and will require attention from a doctor. If you suspect food poisoning, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
No matter the cause of the food poisoning, if you are experiencing severe vomiting or diarrhea, you should see a doctor. These symptoms can lead to severe dehydration which can be easily treated by administering IV fluids.
The good news is that most stomach problems are not serious. Still, it is always better to err on the side of caution and visit your doctor if you have any doubts.