Upset Stomach Diagnosis

Diagnosing that reason for an upset stomach can lead you to the correct treatment.

Many people live with stomach ailments. Whether the problem be temorary or an everyday thing, knowing what the cause and treatment are can be extreamly helpful. Some ailments are easy to recognize while others may require a visit to the doctor for a correct diagnosis. Treatments vary for the different problems, and most are easily treated at home.

Some of the most common ailments tend to be constipation, gas, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea. Most people experience one or more of these on a regular basis. It is advised that if you expirence any one of these for a prolonged period, you should consult with your physican.

Constipation is defined as hard, difficult to pass stools. You may feel as if you still have to go even though you just went. Constipation is usually a result of the lifestyle you lead. Eating the wrong types of foods, drinking too little water, and too little excersise are all to blame. Many times, vitamins and other drugs can cause this conditon, too. There are many things you can do at home to remedy constipation. Try to avoid laxitives unless recommeded by your physician. You can become dependant on them. Eat more fiber or take a fiber supplement. Fiber adds bulk to your stool making it easier to pass. Change you diet. Stay away from greasy, high fat foods as well as coffee and alchohol. And, when in doubt, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

Gas is also a big complain in the world of stomach ailments. Gas is a natural part of your digestive process. Often caused by the air you swallow, or foods you eat. High fiber foods can create large amounts of gas in some. These foods include beans and some fruits and vegetables. Try an over the counter medication if the situation warrants. Otherwise, you can try a cup of hot tea. Peppermint and chamomille work well to help relieve gas pains. Or, you can try lying on your back and pulling your legs up towards your chest. The pressure from your legs on your stomach will help to move gas through the digestive tract, making it easier to pass.

Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery stools that occur frequently. You may suffer abdominal cramping and pain as well. Diarrhea can be caused by a number of things. More often than not, it is usually brought on by something you ate. Medications, stress, and food poisonings are also culprits. Diarrhea can cause dehydration if you are not careful. Be sure to drink plenty of clear fluids to avoid this. Allow your body time to expel whatever was irritating it before you resolve to taking an over the counter medication. Call your doctor, if diarrhea lasts more than 48 hours.

Heartburn occurs in more than 25 million Americans daily. It is caused by acid in the stomach backing up into the esophagus, causing excruciating pain in some. Staying away from food that you know irritates you is important. If you need to take an over the counter remedy, there are many available. However, if you have heartburn consistantly and find yourself regularly relying on store bought medications, you should see your physican for further treatment.

Nausea is defined as having a headache with weakness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Vomiting may also accompany any of these symptoms. Causes may include food poisoning, ulcers, medications, or a bout of the stomach flu. Pregnancy is another culprit. Seek the advice of your physican if you are pregnant and expirencing nausea. They can recomend the appropriate treatment for your condition. First and foremost you will need rest. Try to keep hydrated. Don't eat anything if you can't handle it. However, once you are up to it, stick to bland foods, such as toast, rice, and clear soups. If you would like to try an over the counter medication, there are many available. Ask your pharmacist what medication may help you most.

These are only a few of the many stomach ailments out there. There are many more serious conditons that warrant a trip to the doctor before trying home treatment. These include but are not limited to ulcers, lactose intolerance, and irritable bowel syndrome.

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