Having an upset stomach from time to time happens to almost everyone. Maybe you ate too much of a spicy food, or perhaps the flu bug is wreaking havoc on your system. For most folks, having an upset stomach is an occasional occurrence that is really nothing to worry about. However, for some people who regularly suffer from an upset stomach, having an upset stomach can be extremely frustrating and even debilitating.
If you get an upset stomach regularly, it is important to try to figure out exactly why your stomach is upset. It could be something simple, like your eating habits. However, a chronic upset stomach could be a sign of a bigger problem. Some of the common causes of an upset stomach can include:
– eating foods that are high in fat
– eating too rapidly
– eating too much
– abnormally high levels of stomach acid
– acid reflux, which refers to a condition when your stomach acid comes up through your throat
– excess intake of caffeine or alcohol.
These causes are relatively simple, and can be addressed easily by most people. These issues can generally be treated by modifying your dietary habits in one way or another. However, these are not the only causes of a regular upset stomach. There are some more serious conditions that can cause an upset stomach, which may require medical or other treatments. These can include:
– an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis)
– an inflamed stomach lining (gastritis)
– an inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis)
– ulcers of the duodenum or gastric areas, also called peptic ulcers
– not enough oxygen and blood flowing to the heart, called cardia ischemia.
If you suffer regularly from an upset stomach and have not had any success modifying your diet, you should probably speak with your health care provider. She will be able to help correctly diagnose the cause of your chronic upset stomach, and help develop a treatment plan that could include a modified lifestyle, medications, and/or surgical options.