Most people have suffered a stomach flu and got to experience severe stomach ache. However, for some people who suffer from a stomach disorder like IBS or IBD, similar pains or cramps are part of everyday life.
You never get completely used to living with daily pain. But after a long period of time it may begin to feel like the normal condition and the days you feel better will be a positive surprise. Often the pain also has no obvious or simple solution.
A challenge in treating recurring abdominal pain is that it can have so many different causes. Often, there are several factors that interact, making it hard to determine the causes. Then it will also be hard to present an effective treatment plan.
Sometimes it has a clear cause, such as a food poisoning, parasite infection, extrem stress or a gastric ulcer. But often the problems are not as strong or clear, caused by an underlying sickness that have not been identified. Or they arise due to ones lifestyle habits with diet, stress, sleep patterns, thoughts, and relationships.
To fix recurring abdominal pain it is important to look at your lifestyle and do a proper examination to identify all the factors that may contribute to the problem. Since different causes can cause different types of pain, it may be helpful to observe what kind of pain you are experiencing.
Because different causes can lead to different kinds of pain in different parts of the abdominal it may be helpful to ask some questions about your pain.
Use the ribs as a reference point and see which organ is located where you experience the pain. It can make a big difference to the treatment if the pain appears to come from the stomach or intestine.
There are a variety of causes that can contribute to stomach ache.
One or several of these is usually the cause of abdominal pain.
The following tips can often help relieve and prevent abdominal discomfort.
1. Relaxation: soothing activities such as mindfulness, meditation, laughter or a calming walk can decrease stress and help reduce cramping of the intestines.
2. Peppermint: is anticonvulsant and helps release gas trapped in the stomach. Available as capsules or as tea.
4. Chamomile: soothing and relaxing for both body and mind.
5. Breathing exercises: Relax and move the focus from the pain to your breath.
7. Loose pants: avoid tight pants.
8. Heat: reduces pain and can help calm cramping intestines. Use hot baths, shower or heated cushion on the stomach.
9. Easily digested food: try for a week to not eat more than necessary and replace fiber, meat and a fat, with foods such as rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, vegetables, apple sauce, vegetable soup, juiced vegetable drinks and bone broth.
10. Digestive enzymes: If you suffer a lot of gas and bloating, it can often help to supplement with digestive enzymes that enhance your digestion. One of the best enzyme supplements is Super Enzymes.
11. Drink hot water: hydrates the body and the heat is relaxing. Adding some lemon juice and ginger makes it even better.
12. Movement: walk, run, strength train, yoga, sports. Movement massages out trapped air, improves circulation, relives pain and changes your focus to something else.
13. Bicarbonate: ½-1 teaspoon mixed with lukewarm water can quickly relieve heartburn and help prevent nausea.
15. Probiotics: can help restore the balance of bacteria in the gut.
16. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice: soothing for irritated mucous membranes and good for digestion.
17. Many small meals: Avoid large meals that are more difficult to digest and stretches out your stomach more.
Fell free to try some of these and see if it helps. If they do not reduce your abdominal pain enough, you probably need to work more thoroughly with the 6 pillars of a peaceful gut.