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Stomachache Symptoms and Cures

Stomach ache varies from spasmodic bursts of infantile colic and burning peptic indigestion to a \\\"nagging\\\" inflamed gall bladder (cholecystitis) and painful appendicitis. The pain\\\'s location, its nature and other symptoms usually indicate the diagnosis. Further investigations include endoscopy, biopsy, blood tests, X-rays and ultrasound.
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Stomach ache varies from spasmodic bursts of infantile colic and burning peptic indigestion to a "nagging" inflamed gall bladder (cholecystitis) and painful appendicitis. The pain's location, its nature and other symptoms usually indicate the diagnosis. Further investigations include endoscopy, biopsy, blood tests, X-rays and ultrasound.

Symptoms

  • Pain below the right ribs and into the back, with vomiting and fever: inflamed gall bladder or gallstones
  • Sudden stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea: food poisoning
  • Pain around navel, vomiting, fever or constipation: appendicitis
  • Stomach ache with vomiting, fever, feeling unwell and pain on passing small, frequent dribbles of urine: urine tract infection

Cures

Naturopathy

Naturopathic practitioners often recommended a fruit juice fast for gallstone sufferers, sometimes in conjunction with herbal enemas and poultices over the painful area.

Vitamins and Minerals

A low-fat whole-food diet with lots of fiber and nutrients will help relieve gall bladder disorders. Cholesterol is a major component of gallstones, and vitamin C is reputed to lower the bile's concentration of this lipid, reducing further stone formation. One gram daily is recommended. Magnesium also discourages stone build-up: try 300-400 mg daily in its "chelated" form or as a dolomite, which contains magnesium and calcium in proportions to optimize absorption by the body. Lipotropic nutrients such as choline, inositol and betaine also beneficially influence cholesterol metabolism by accelerating the transport and use of fatty acids. They are available individually, and vitamin B supplements often contain 50-100 mg of the first two. The recommend doses (usually prescribed by a qualified nutritional practitioner) are 500-1000 mg choline and 250-500 mg inositol.

Herbal Medicine

A hot poultice to reduce biliary colic - the strangulating pain experienced from stones wedged in the bile duct - can be made from a handful each of artichoke leaves, grated dog's tooth roots, and poppy petals and seed capsules, mixed with half-handfuls of chicory roots and leaves and dandelion leaves.

Aromatherapy

Scotch pine oil can help to relieve biliary colic. Add 5 drops to your bathwater, or mix with 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of soya or almond oil and, after warming slightly, use it to massage the tender areas of the abdomen.

Homeopathy

Give one dose every 1-2 hours: Nux 6c when there is a sensation of weight in the stomach; Dioscorea 6c for colic in babies who arch their backs and extend their legs with the pain; Mag. phos 6c for spasms, cramps in the stomach and if the pain is not relieved by belching.

Medical Treatment

Appendicitis, bowel obstruction and an inflamed gall bladder require urgent surgery. Gallstones can be eliminated by laser. Medical causes of stomach ache are treated with bed-rest, fluids and dietary measures, and drugs to relieve spasm and pain.

Prevention

  • Sit down to eat, and chew food thoroughly before swallowing, to aid normal digestion.
  • Avoid swallowing grape pips and similar debris to reduce the risk of appendicitis.
  • Avoid dehydration and fatty foods to help maintain a healthy gall bladder.

Caution

  • Seek medical advice for pain that persists despite treatment.
  • Make a note of how the pain started, and any accompanying symptoms.
  • Do not assume that a child with stomach ache and a cold or sore throat has mesenteric adenitis. The underlying cause for any persistent pain needs to be established by a doctor.

     

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Great article. I have to be on a lower fat diet due to gall stones. Sometimes I end up hurting if I get too much rich food.

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