Constant Stomach Ache
Self Evaluating A Constant Stomach Ache
A constant stomach ache can result form a number of causes, some serious, some not. However if the pain persists, it is always advisable to see your care provider, even if the pain is mild or not particularly bothersome. Bear in mind that what might be felt as a constant stomach ache doesn't necessarily mean that the stomach is directly involved. A disorder can be located in other abdominal organs, yet the resulting pain may appear to be coming from the stomach.
If you are experiencing a constant stomach ache and it is slowly becoming more severe, see a doctor and if it suddenly becomes more severe, go to an urgent care clinic or the emergency room if necessary. While it could be indigestion, the pain in such cases, a good old bellyache, will usually subside, so something else is usually wrong.
You can help both yourself and your care provider by taking stock of just what the symptoms are and what you were eating or doing that might have something to do with bringing the symptoms on. The constant stomach ache could be the result of a recent injury or fall, it could be caused by a medication, so make note of what medications you take, when your take them, and if possible, whether or not the level of pain increases soon after a medication has been taken.
Ask Yourself These Questions - Is there a noticeable relationship between the level of pain and bowel movements? Is there a noticeable difference in pain level when performing certain exercises or stressful activities? Does stress in general seem to trigger stomach pain? If there seems to be a relationship between when the pain is worse and when you eat your meals, note what you are eating, especially if fatty, greasy, or spicy foods are involved. A constant stomach ache doesn't mean the level of pain has to be constant. It can vary, but most of the time, or at least much of the time, there is some pain present.
Analyze Your Pain - Your care provider will also be interested in knowing if the pain is sharp, dull, appears localized, or just seems to affect the stomach as a whole. Relaying this kind of information can speed up the diagnostic process, and possibly help the care provider in coming up with the correct diagnosis as well. You should also tell your care provider if you've experienced fever, diarrhea, a burning sensation in your stomach, blood in your stools, or are experiencing pain elsewhere, such as in the chest or shoulder blades. Some disorders have a habit of causing pain in places one might not expect it.
The List Is Fairly Long - The list of causes of constant stomach pain is a long one, though many of these causes are admittedly rarely encountered by most people. One of the most common causes is chronic constipation, which can certainly give one a stomach ache, and a constant one, although the problem usually lies in the intestinal tract rather than in the stomach. A food allergy can also be a cause, and of course the possibility of food poisoning can't be ruled out. Heartburn, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance are among the most common causes, leading to situations where a stomach ache occurs and continues without relief. And then there is the old standby, the stomach ulcer. There are serious disorders as well, including types of cancer, but rather than worry about those, the best approach is to let your care provider know in as much detail as you can, what you are experiencing, and let the care provider diagnose the problem and identify how it should best be treated.
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