Why does my stomach hurt no matter what I eat?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Why does my stomach hurt no matter what I eat?” Also, we’ll explore a few remedies and treatment options for patients with stomach aches, and what are signs of alarm that require medical attention? 

Why does my stomach hurt no matter what I eat? 

There are many possible explanations for why a person could experience stomach aches after eating. These may include: 

  • Food poisoning – food that has spoiled or has otherwise been poorly prepared may trigger acute symptoms, including abdominal aches, fever, nausea, diarrhea, etc.
  • Indigestion – Eating foods that are heavily condimented, or otherwise high in fat, caffeine, and sugar can trigger indigestion.  
  • Alcohol consumption – alcohol may cause inflammation of the digestive tract and trigger bloating, especially when the beverages are fizzy.
  • Consumption of irritating foods – some individuals experience discomfort when they consume food they’re not accustomed to, or otherwise have no tolerance for. An example is celiac-like sensitivities and allergens such as peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, etc.
  • An allergy or intolerance to a food product – some food products are formulated with ingredients that can trigger sensitivity reactions in some individuals. We encourage our readers to read the nutritional statement and ingredients in every formulated product they purchase.
  • Overeating – overeating strains the muscles in the stomach and may result in pain and dyspepsia (discomfort after eating). 

A disorder such as:

  • Gastritis – Inflammation of the stomach lining
  • Ulcers – lesions that occur in the digestive tract. If the skin has eroded and burst, it may bleed into the digestive tract and require cauterizing.
     
  • A bowel syndrome – such as Irritable bowel syndrome, whose underlying causes are not yet known, but can be managed with treatment and a stringent diet.
  • Gallstones – A buildup of sediments in the gallbladder. These stones are made of biliary salts and other digestive secretions. Their diagnosis requires imaging to determine their size and prevent them from passing into the biliary ducts and triggering more severe conditions such as pancreatitis. 
  • Heartburn – the excess secretion of gastric acids that travel up the esophagus trigger this condition, and creates discomfort in the chest area. This can be treated with anti-acid medication and remedies such as sodium bicarbonate.  
  • Autoimmune diseases – such as Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease, these may cause bloating, indigestion, and other digestive troubles. 

A lifestyle condition such as: 

  • Stress – stress is associated with tension in muscles, and as the digestive tract requires muscle movements to properly function, stress may trigger digestive problems.
  • Poor dietary habits – Eating foods that don’t agree with your digestive function can cause digestive troubles. For this, we recommend consulting with a nutritionist and making the change to a balanced diet.
  • Constipation – Poor digestive function may be at the root of dyspepsia (discomfort after eating). This can be combated by incorporating fiber into your diet, drinking water, and pursuing an active, non-sedentary lifestyle. 
  • Medication – Some medications may irritate the stomach lining, and their prescribed use may be indicated by ingesting a protein pump inhibitor, or foods. 

What are some remedies and treatment options for a stomach ache? 

Treatment may vary in accordance with other symptoms. Heartburn symptoms may be treated with over-the-counter anti-acid medications such as bicarbonate tablets and aluminum hydroxide solutions.

Other remedies users can try include drinking water, remaining on one’s feet, drinking ginger ale, cutting out consumption of alcohol, smoking, cutting out the consumption of hard-to-digest foods, consuming aloe vera, eating licorice, and many more. The efficacy of these remedies may vary with the exact nature of the stomach aches. 

If our readers consult with a doctor, their physician may prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole, pantoprazole, and others. 

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, a physician may also order lab studies and cultures from stool samples, blood tests, and urine tests and in more serious cases, a doctor may deem exploratory analyses such as endoscopies and colonoscopies as necessary.  

We advise our readers to seek out the assistance of a healthcare professional if their symptoms persist and flareback, and to take note of what foods and activities lessen or worsen their symptoms. 

What are signs of alarm that require medical attention? 

Persistent, severe pain should be immediately treated by a doctor, especially if accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, or hemorrhaging (bleeding) in vomit or stool. 

These symptoms may be indicative of a more serious underlying condition that may require specialized treatment and even surgery. 

We advise our readers never to self-medicate if they present serious symptoms and to consult with a medical professional if milder symptoms persist for many days after starting a course of treatment. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Why does my stomach hurt no matter what I eat?” Also, we’ll explore a few remedies and treatment options for patients with stomach aches, and what are signs of alarm that require medical attention?  

References 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/32131

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322047#allergies-and-intolerances

https://www.healthline.com/health/stomachache-after-eating

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163484

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