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Abdominal Tightness

Abdominal Tightness

Stomach or abdominal tightness is a peculiar symptom caused due to certain disorders of the abdomen. This article will provide detailed information on the causes and treatment methods of this condition.
Madhura Pandit
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2018
Abdominal cramps or tightness can be caused due to digestive problems. You need to be aware of the potential causes of this condition, if you experience it frequently. However, it is essential to understand the symptom clearly, as many people mistake abdominal pain for tightness and vice versa. Understanding and explaining the symptoms clearly to the doctor will help in receiving proper treatment.
Causes and Treatment
As mentioned above, cramping or tightness in the abdomen is caused due to conditions related to the digestive system. Constipation and diarrhea are the most common causes of stomach tightness and cramping. Constipation can be treated by having laxatives or fibers; whereas, antidiarrheal medication help in overcoming diarrhea.

Acute Gastritis
Acute gastritis is the sudden inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach caused due to bacterial or viral infection. Abdominal pain and tightness, nausea, bloating, vomiting and loss of appetite are the symptoms of gastritis.

Acute Gastritis Remedy
Acute gastritis can be easily treated through medication. Over-the-counter and prescription antacids are effective in treating acidity and inflammation. On the other hand, if gastritis is caused due to H. pylori bacteria, a course of antibiotics is required to treat it completely. One can prevent acute gastritis by avoiding spicy food and controlling stress.

The appendix is a small tubular organ present at the lower end of the cecum. Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix. It is a serious medical condition that needs to be treated immediately.

Treating Appendicitis
Surgery is the only treatment method for treating appendicitis. The inflamed appendix is removed surgically to avoid further complication. If the inflamed appendix remains untreated, it can burst, causing a lot of pain.

Bowel Obstruction
Bowel obstruction can be of two types, depending on whether the blockage is in the small intestine or the large intestine. Adhesion, injury, Crohn's disease, volvulus, etc. are the causes of bowel obstruction. Abdominal pain and tightness are the common symptoms of small as well as large bowel obstruction.

Bowel Obstruction Treatment
Medication, air enema, etc. can help in treating partial obstruction; whereas a surgery is required to clear total bowel obstruction. The doctor will also prescribe medications and IV fluid to relieve dehydration caused due to vomiting and diarrhea.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Frequent abdominal tightness and pain is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the large intestine, with an unknown cause. A person suffering from irritable bowel syndrome experiences a lot of discomfort due to the symptoms like abdominal pain and tightness, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Remedies
There is no permanent cure for IBS. However, medication can help in reducing the symptoms of IBS. Secondly, a change in diet and lifestyle can also help in relieving the symptoms and discomfort caused due to this condition.

Lead Poisoning
Lead is a highly poisonous element, and consuming even a small amount of it can cause serious health problems. Lead can get into human body through contaminated water, air and products like paint and cosmetics. Stomach pain and tightness, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue are the symptoms of lead poisoning. Mood disorders, memory loss and miscarriage are the severe symptoms of lead poisoning.

Medical Treatment for Lead Poisoning
Getting rid of the source of lead and changing diet is the primary treatment method. Secondly, chelation therapy is the most effective therapy used in treating lead poisoning and lowering the level of lead in the body.

Women also experience abdominal tightness during pregnancy in the second trimester (from 13th week to 26th week). It is essential to consult the doctor to treat stomach cramping and tightness during pregnancy. As preventive measures, having a proper diet, inclusive of fruits and vegetables help in keeping digestive problems at bay. At the same time, it is essential to exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Similar to pain, stomach tightness, when followed by other symptoms, should not be ignored as it can be a symptom of a serious disorder. If left untreated, most of the diseases can turn chronic, and can be difficult to treat. Therefore, it is recommended to consult a doctor immediately and undertake timely treatment. Take care!
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