Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Stomach Pain: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Pain in the abdomen can be caused due to a variety of reasons and should not be taken lightly. The reasons behind the pain can vary from food poisoning, menstrual cramps, an infection, a growth in the abdomen, extreme acidity, or any gastrointestinal disorders. This is why the range of treatment for abdominal pain also varies just as much. The most effective course of treatment depends on the causes of the pain.

One of the most common treatment courses for any type of pain is pain killers. If your pain is caused by menstruation, or any muscular cramps, getting some over the counter pain relievers can help treat the pain in no time. However, if the pain is caused due to a medical condition, then it is likely to occur again and again even after you take the pain medications. This is because the condition has to be treated in order for the pain to disappear.

Whether you are suffering from an infection that is caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungi, antibiotics are the right course of treatment for the pain. They help clear up the infection and thus also treat the pain. If you have any growths in your abdomen, your doctor will prescribe medications to help shrink the growth, or will advise you to undergo surgery in order to have the whole thing removed. The treatment plan in this case depends on how large the growth is, where it is located, and whether or not it is cancerous.

How is the treatment done?

When you first start experiencing pain, visiting a general physician is the right way to go about treating it as they can let you know whether the pain is referral or caused by an underlying condition. Based on the diagnosis, you may have to then visit a gastroenterologist, an oncologist, a physician that specializes in pain management, or get the treatment from the general physician. A physical exam, X-rays, blood tests, and MRI scans are some of the ways that the diagnosis can occur. If you have a growth in your abdomen, you may also have to get a biopsy done to rule out cancer.

If the pain in your abdomen is caused due to an infection, the general physician can prescribe you a few antibiotics. The dosage will depend on the severity of the infection and your medical history. Taking the pills as instructed will help clear out the infection within a matter of days.

If the pain in the abdomen is caused by a growth, there are two types of treatment plans that the doctor may resort to. The first will be to prescribe you medications to help shrink the growth. Depending on the size and type of growth, these can either be taken orally or through an IV. They may even be injected straight into the growth. The second type of treatment plan involves surgery. Here, the surgeon will make an incision in the area where the growth is and remove the entire mass in one go (if feasible). If the mass is too large or is causing complications, it may have to be removed in different surgeries. Once the mass is removed, the cavity left behind will be assessed for damage, healed, and then closed.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have been experiencing abdominal pain continuously over a period of days, and taking over the counter pain medications just don’t help you or only provide temporary relief, you should see a doctor to seek out treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your pain is temporary and directly related to your diet or menstrual cycle, you do not need to seek out additional treatment for the pain.

Are there any side effects?

Taking antibiotics sometimes results in an increase in the body temperature and the development of a fever. Surgery comes with its own set of side effects such as bruising, swelling, and pain in the area where the surgery is performed.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Since this is a problem related to your digestive system, it makes sense to control your diet and eat substances that do not inflame the lining of your stomach.

How long does it take to recover?

Infections normally clear up within a week, though the course of treatment may be longer than that. It takes a minimum of 2 weeks or more to completely recover from the effects of surgery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Getting a growth removed from your abdomen can range in price from Rs. 50,000 to Rs .1,50,000, depending on the hospital you go to.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Stomach pain that is caused by menstrual cramps can be treated at home and you do not necessarily need to resort to medication. For mild to moderate cramps, you can use a hot water bottle and place it on your abdomen to soothe the muscles beneath. This can be quite effective. Chewing ginger is also known to ease menstrual cramps. You can also consume tea prepared with honey, turmeric, and ginger to soothe the pain that you are feeling. Keeping your diet light and enjoying a warm bath and can also help you with the pain you are experiencing. There are also a few herbal remedies that can help you. Burning different types of essential oils such as clary sage oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil can help you as these oils have the properties of an emmenogogue, which means they not only stimulate menstruation but also help with the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps. Stomach pain caused by acidity can be resolved at home by eating non-acidic foods and indulging in a soft diet until the diarrhoea is resolved.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 50,000 to Rs.1,50,000

Popular Health Tips

Food Allergies In Children

MBBS, Diploma In Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad

Food Allergies in Children

A food allergy is when your child’s body has a bad immune reaction to a certain food. This is different from a food intolerance which does not affect the immune system. This is true even though some of the same signs may be present.

Your child's immune system fights off infections and other dangers to keep him or her healthy. When your child's immune system senses that a food or something in a food is  a "danger" to your child's health, your child has a food allergy reaction. Your child's immune system sends out immunoglobulin E or IgE antibodies. These react to the food or substance in the food. Histamines are released. This can cause hives, asthma, itching in the mouth, trouble breathing, stomach pains, vomiting, or diarrhea. It does not take much of the food to cause a severe reaction in highly allergic children.

Most food allergies are caused by these foods:

Eggs, milk, and peanuts are the most common causes of food allergies in children. Although most children “outgrow” their allergies, some food allergies may be life long.

Discuss your child's food allergies with his or her allergy healthcare provider.

What are the symptoms of food allergy in a child?

Allergic symptoms may begin within minutes to an hour after eating the food. Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:

Allergies to milk and soy are usually seen in infants and young children. These symptoms often are not like the symptoms of other allergies. Instead they may include:

  • Colic or fussy behavior

  • Blood in your child’s stool

  • Poor growth

It does not take much of the food to cause a very bad reaction in highly allergic children. In fact, a tiny piece of a peanut can cause a reaction in a child that is highly allergic.

The symptoms of a food, milk, or soy allergy may look like other health problems. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

Severe symptoms of a food allergy

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. It is life-threatening. Symptoms can include:

  • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing

  • Feeling as if the throat is closing

  • Hoarseness or difficulty talking

  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat

  • Cool, moist, or pale blue skin

  • Feeling faint, lightheaded, or confused

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Fast and weak heartbeat

  • Feeling dizzy, with a sudden drop in blood pressure

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizure

1 person found this helpful

Ways to Treat Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain!

MBBS, M.S. (Gold Medalist), MCh - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Agra
Ways to Treat Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain!

In most cases, pain anywhere in the body can be explained as a symptom of some other problem, but sometimes, there is no reason for abdominal pain. This type of pain is known as chronic functional abdominal pain. This is a gastrointestinal disorder that cannot be explained through X-ray or laboratory findings. It can be triggered by altered sensitivity to nerve impulses in the brain and gut. People suffering from this condition are often so debilitated by the pain that it becomes the central focus of their life.

This condition cannot be cured, but with proper treatment, it can be managed so that it does not affect the quality of your life. The aim of treatment for this condition is to control the symptoms and improve functioning. When it comes to treating this condition, the patient’s relationship with his or her doctor plays an important role as the condition cannot be proven through any form of testing and it has a great psychological effect on the person. Regular checkups are also a key to managing this condition effectively.

The first step towards achieving this is to identify possible emotional and situational triggers. Maintaining a journal that records these experiences can help with this. Further treatment is usually either through psychological treatment or antidepressants.

Psychological treatment is based on the understanding that the brain can block pain by diverting attention elsewhere. Nerve impulses that travel from the abdomen to the brain must pass through a type of ‘gate’ that is controlled by nerve impulses generated by the brain. When these impulses close the gates, pain is blocked while when these gates are open, the pain can be magnified. Psychological treatment for chronic functional abdominal pain can be in the form of relaxation techniques, imagery, hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy. While relaxation techniques such as meditation and hypnosis help a person shift focus from the pain, cognitive behavioral therapy teaches a person how to change thoughts and perceptions in order to control the pain.

Antidepressants can also act as pain relievers. This form of medication stimulates the production of brain signals that close the ‘gates’ of nerve transmissions. This blocks the pain but can take several weeks to be effective. Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness and nausea and hence should never be taken without a doctor’s supervision. In some cases, antidepressants may also be combined with cognitive behavioral therapy or medication to regulate bowels.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3465 people found this helpful

Colic Pain - How Can It Be Treated?

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Urology
Urologist, Bangalore
Colic Pain - How Can It Be Treated?

The word colic directly refers to the colon. Colic pain is a sharp abdominal pain followed by bouts of crying usually occurring in infants below the age of one year. The pain only last for a short period of time ranging from a few weeks to a couple of months. Very few number of babies will cry endlessly indicating towards an underlying condition.

It is mainly characterized by sharp crying for supposedly no apparent reason, irregular sleep patterns, and restlessness or owing to deviation from normal postures. The apparent causes of colic pain include indigestion and negative reaction of the sensitive gut to the breast or formula milk, although no concrete cause of the state has been discovered.

Doctors often suggest home remedies such as swaddling, pacifiers, holding and comforting the baby and more frequent feedings to reduce the condition. Since it is so common among infants and relatively less harmful, no proper medication is usually given. Physicians suggest mothers to reduce the content of caffeine, alcohol or spice in their diet. Sometimes a warm bath, burping the baby or going on more frequent walks is useful. Background music draws the attention of the baby and hence drives their focus, away from the abdominal pains.

Colic pains are mainly treated by care rather than medicine. The baby is made to feel comfortable and the distress is reduced just by being around the infant. The primary care giver plays an important role in consoling the child and helping them get through the sudden pain which further plays a significant role in personality development. Colic pains are extremely short lived and probably one of the first few challenges of parenthood. They are primarily dealt with care and feeding except in extreme cases where medicinal cures such as lactase drops and simethicone drops are used to treat the abdominal pain.

Gastrointestinal Infections - How Can They Be Prevented?

BHMS, DHMS (Diploma In Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery)
Homeopath, Mohali
Gastrointestinal Infections - How Can They Be Prevented?

Stomach and gastrointestinal related issues happen with almost every person. Sometimes they may occur for a brief period while at times they may last longer. Both stomach and gastrointestinal-related issues show that there is something wrong and the body needs to be taken care of accordingly.

The normal homeopathic solutions for these issues are not only of great help in disposing of the problem, but they also wipe out the main reason or cause of the problem. The homeopathic treatment is totally protected with zero symptoms and ends up being of great advantage in the long run.

These medicines should be taken only on prescription from a doctor. The treatments are as follows:

  1. Nux Vomica: The homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica is of incredible help in the treatment of different stomach issues. It is the best homeopathic solution for indigestion that happens because of consuming espresso or caffeine, spicy foods or acidic beverages.
  2. Pulsatilla: Pulsatilla is the best homeopathic medicine to manage the gastric issues that emerge as an after-effect of eating oily or greasy food like fried junk food, frozen yogurts, ghee and margarine. The vast majority of the patients requiring this solution have no desire of thirst.
  3. China: China is the most productive homeopathic solution to alleviate a bloated chest, where the entire stomach area is brimming with gas. The gas may bring about serious pain in the chest. China is therefore, the perfect homeopathic solution for loose motions of the bowels.
  4. Arsenic Album: Arsenic Album is the best homeopathic solution for gastric inconveniences that happen as a consequence of food poisoning. The patients requiring the homeopathic treatment of Arsenic Album feel nauseous and have stomach pain.
  5. Lycopodium: Homeopathic medication Lycopodium is a perfect cure when the stomach feels full and there is a widening of the intestines even after eating practically nothing. There is a movement of gas in the stomach with burps that cause smoldering in the throat.
  6. Carbo Veg and Lycopodium: Homeopathic medicines Carbo Veg and Lycopodium are regular solutions for stomach related pain that are successful in treating gas in the guts. These homeopathic medicines can be used according to the amount of the gas in the belly. Carbo Veg is the best homeopathic medication for the treatment of pain because of the abundance of gas in the stomach. The belly is bloated and gets taut with gas. Slight alleviation is felt by burping. Using Carbo Veg can get rid of the pain.
  7. Aloes: Homeopathic solution Aloes is the best cure when the person has extreme loose motions. The stool is watery and the condition worsens with every liquid drink the person takes. He or she also encounters pain in the stomach and yet feels relieved after passing stool.
     
3 people found this helpful

Gastrointestinal Infections - How Can They Can Be Prevented?

BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
Gastrointestinal Infections - How Can They Can Be Prevented?

Stomach and gastrointestinal related issues happen with almost every person. Sometimes they may occur for a brief period while at times they may last longer. Both stomach and gastrointestinal-related issues show that there is something wrong and the body needs to be taken care of accordingly.

The normal homeopathic solutions for these issues are not only of great help in disposing of the problem, but they also wipe out the main reason or cause of the problem. The homeopathic treatment is totally protected with zero symptoms and ends up being of great advantage in the long run.

These medicines should be taken only on prescription from a doctor. The treatments are as follows:

  1. Nux Vomica: The homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica is of incredible help in the treatment of different stomach issues. It is the best homeopathic solution for indigestion that happens because of consuming espresso or caffeine, spicy foods or acidic beverages.
  2. Pulsatilla: Pulsatilla is the best homeopathic medicine to manage the gastric issues that emerge as an after-effect of eating oily or greasy food like fried junk food, frozen yogurts, ghee and margarine. The vast majority of the patients requiring this solution have no desire of thirst.
  3. China: China is the most productive homeopathic solution to alleviate a bloated chest, where the entire stomach area is brimming with gas. The gas may bring about serious pain in the chest. China is therefore, the perfect homeopathic solution for loose motions of the bowels.
  4. Arsenic Album: Arsenic Album is the best homeopathic solution for gastric inconveniences that happen as a consequence of food poisoning. The patients requiring the homeopathic treatment of Arsenic Album feel nauseous and have stomach pain.
  5. Lycopodium: Homeopathic medication Lycopodium is a perfect cure when the stomach feels full and there is a widening of the intestines even after eating practically nothing. There is a movement of gas in the stomach with burps that cause smoldering in the throat.
  6. Carbo Veg and Lycopodium: Homeopathic medicines Carbo Veg and Lycopodium are regular solutions for stomach related pain that are successful in treating gas in the guts. These homeopathic medicines can be used according to the amount of the gas in the belly. Carbo Veg is the best homeopathic medication for the treatment of pain because of the abundance of gas in the stomach. The belly is bloated and gets taut with gas. Slight alleviation is felt by burping. Using Carbo Veg can get rid of the pain.
  7. Aloes: Homeopathic solution Aloes is the best cure when the person has extreme loose motions. The stool is watery and the condition worsens with every liquid drink the person takes. He or she also encounters pain in the stomach and yet feels relieved after passing stool.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3063 people found this helpful

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from pain in right side in stomach or some time after pain in way of toiler may be this pain is stone pain so please suggest what should I do or not to do.

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As" per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1) Do a clinical examination by your Doctor (gastroenterologist)and do an ultrasound and CBC with differential to confirm exact cause. 2) Discuss with your Doctor about (Surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy]if a stone is present. Do follow lifestyle modifications like this - 1) Don't skip meals. Try to stick to your usual mealtimes each day. Skipping meals or fasting can increase the risk of gallstones. 2) Lose weight slowly. If you need to lose weight, go slow. Rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones. Aim to lose 1 or 2 pounds (about 0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week. 3) Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity and being overweight increase the risk of gallstones. Work to achieve a healthy weight by reducing the number of calories you eat and increasing the amount of physical activity you get. Once you achieve a healthy weight, work to maintain that weight by continuing your healthy diet and continuing to exercise. Hope that helps.

I am 29 years female and am suffering from constant pain near my belly button and lower abdomen. I have done all the tests as in ct scan, endoscopy, ultrasound but nothing could be diagnosed. Can this be a gastric pain? Please suggest.

Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine (M.D.), Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS), Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Homeopath, Mumbai
Hi lybrate-user. If all your tests are normal, you could be having either excess gas, amoebic infection or irritable bowel. I assume that your Stool Routine report is normal. Homeopathy would be a good solution for you. It will solve your gastric issues as well as any other problems you may be facing as to your health. You can get in touch with me for the same.
1 person found this helpful

I am feeling pain in the lower abdomen whenever I use weight lifting in gym and during exercises. What should I do for this?

FELLOWSHIP IN HEPATOBILIARY AND LIVER TRANSPLANT SURGERY, Fellowship in Abdominal Multi Organ Transplant Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Delhi
Mr. lybrate-user, Please get checked your self for Hernia. This is what it sounds like. Pain can be for other reasons we'll. But the amount of info that you have provided is not enough to make a conclusion. If you wish to make a diagnosis more information is needed. Please visit a doctor or else you can chat or call me if you cannot visit a doctor for some reason.
1 person found this helpful

I am suffer from motions no so loose motions but motions come daily 5 time .motion come little like 5 time daily no stomach pain.

PGDUS, Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Patna
You should take some medicines like Habb-e-deedan 2x2 for 2 days, H.Papita 2 x 2 for 5 days, H. Raal 2 x2 for 5 days.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?