Top Two Causes of Burning Stomach Pain
Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of encountering burning stomach pain. In fact, studies show that most adults experience this condition at some point in their lifetime; although some of us will deal with this sensation much more regularly than others. If this is a condition that you find yourself handling on a regular basis then you are probably ready to find long term relief. Before you can determine the best course of action for treating burning stomach pain, you first need to find out what it is that's causing the pain in the first place. Listed below are some of the primary causes of burning stomach pain as well as the corresponding treatments and preventive measures for each condition.
Acid reflux is the condition that almost everyone will experience at some point in their lives, more than likely on multiple occasions. You may also know this condition as "heartburn." with acid reflux there are 2 main factors that are involved in this condition. The first Factor is the LES, or lower esophageal sphincter. This is a band of muscles located at the entry of the stomach, and its primary job is to allow food and drinks into the stomach, which it does by relaxing. When you are not eating, the LES must remain closed in order to prevent stomach acid from leaving the stomach, which it does by tensing up. One of the primary symptoms of acid reflux is a burning sensation at the point in your abdomen where the ribcage splits. Due to the proximity of the pain in relation to the heart, it sometimes feels as though the pain is coming from the heart itself; however in reality the source of the pain is actually the lower portion of the esophagus that connects to the LES and the stomach. Other symptoms include nausea, hiccups, sore throat, excessive belching, the sensation of a lump in the throat, wheezing, spitting up food particles or bile, and even vomiting. When this condition affects a person regularly, such as several times a week over a period of longer than 6 months, it is considered to be a chronic condition known as GERD, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
The main form of treatment for acid reflux consists of over the counter antacid products, such as Rolaids or Maalox. There are also more natural ways that is commission can be controlled and even prevented which usually consist of a series of lifestyle changes and preventative measures. The best place to start with would be to become more conscious of your diet and make me healthier choices. The primary cause of acid reflux is fatty, spicy, sugary, carbonated, and caffeinated foods. By reducing the frequency of these foods in your diet you should be able to cut back on the occurrences of acid reflux. Some medications may also be responsible for this condition and if you have recently started a new medication it may be worth speaking to your doctor about this side effect.
Another common cause behind acid reflux is eating shortly before taking a nap or otherwise reclining your body. When you lay down to see full subject, the constant of your stomach such as soon and bile can increase the amount of pressure on the LES, causing it to relax and open up. This then allows food particles and stomach acid to leave the stomach and enter the esophagus. Unlike the stomach, the esophagus does not have a protective lining to work as a barrier against the destructive bile which results in tissue damage that then causes the burning sensation that we know as heartburn. Heartburn, in this instance, can be prevented by eating meals at least two hours before bedtime; or if this cannot be prevented then you should endeavor to sleep in a less reclined position, such as propped up on pillows.
A stomach ulcer, which is also known as a peptic ulcer, is another common cause behind burning stomach pain. A stomach ulcer is technically an open sore that forms in the wall of the stomach. It looks a bit like a crater. Stomach ulcers can be caused by many things, such is bacteria known as helicobacter pylori, alcohol abuse, or taking too much over the counter medicine such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as naproxen or ibuprofen. The main factor with the formation of a peptic ulcer is that a breech occurs in the protective lining of the stomach which allows acid to constantly irritate the tissues of this organ. This results in an open sore that becomes further irritated anytime the level of acid in the stomach rises. The primary symptoms of a peptic ulcer include burning stomach pain, other abdominal pain, bloating or feeling of fullness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, foul smelling bowel movements, and even the presence of blood in vomit. Many people find that the symptoms seem to get worse anytime they eat foods or drink beverages that cause the level of acid to rise in the stomach, which can include sugary, greasy, caffeinated, carbonated, and spicy foods. Stress may also be a trigger for these symptoms.
The first treatment route that most people take includes antacids or H2 blockers, which reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. This can buy some time to allow the ulcer and stomach lining to heal. Antibiotic medication may also be useful if the ulcer has formed as a result of a bacterial infection. Alcohol-induced ulcers require abstinence from alcoholic beverages in order to allow the stomach tissues to heal properly.
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