When one complains about a burning and painful sensation in the stomach, it is mostly associated with acidity. However, there are more serious conditions associated with this symptom.
Burning in the stomach is a painful, sharp, stabbing sensation in the abdominal region. This burning sensation in the abdominal area is generally attributed to pain in the stomach but the pain may be caused by any organ in the midsection, like the pancreas, kidneys, appendix, intestines, or the gallbladder.
Associated Diseases & Disorders
Burning stomach pain can be mild or severe, depending on the illness of which it is a symptom. There are various conditions like GERD, stomach flu, UTI, lactose intolerance, etc., in which you can experience burning pain in stomach. Listed below are the various diseases which can be attributed to this symptom. The other symptoms of the diseases are also listed, so that you can identify the root cause.
Stomach Ulcers: If you are suffering from stomach ulcers, you may experience a dull and gnawing, burning like sensation in stomach which is sudden in its occurrence. The pain becomes severe if you are subsisting on an empty stomach and may be temporarily relieved after eating. Other symptoms experienced during this condition are nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, dark stools, and gas.
Lactose Intolerance: Those with lactose intolerance may experience burning of stomach after half an hour to two hours, after consuming any milk/milk products. Apart from that, other symptoms include gas, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and abdominal pain. The severity of symptoms differs according to individual tolerance level.
GERD: If you are suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may experience upper stomach pain and pain in the chest, along with trouble while swallowing and sour taste in the mouth. Symptoms might also include sore throat, hoarseness, nausea, and cough.
Food Poisoning: Contaminated food can contain various toxic bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Food poisoning causes signs and symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, stomach burning, and watery diarrhea.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In IBS, a person experiences discomfort below the chest and above the hip region. Another symptom is changes in the bowel movement pattern. You might experience constipation or diarrhea. These two symptoms keep appearing and disappearing. Other symptoms are heartburn, nausea, and bloating.
UTI: If you are suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI), then you may experience symptoms like pain in the lower abdomen and burning sensation during urination. Women also experience pain during intercourse. Other symptoms experienced by adults during UTI are chills, nausea, pain during urination, blood in urine, foul-smelling urine, and low-grade fever.
Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, and the pain can be aching or burning. Other symptoms experienced during pancreatitis are nausea, vomiting, pain radiating on the back, and worsening of pain after a meal.
Appendicitis: Burning pain in the stomach can be a symptom of appendicitis, if you are experiencing intense pain which starts at the navel and moves to the lower right side of the abdomen. Other symptoms observed with the pain are loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. The patient might also experience swelling of the stomach, constipation, and pain that gets worse during sneezing, or coughing.
Kidney Stones: If the pain starts in the back, below your rib cage, which is then experienced in the abdominal area; then it is a possibility that there has been formation of kidney stones in one or both of your kidneys. Kidney stone pain is excruciating and can be very distressing. The other symptoms of kidney stones are frequent need to urinate, passing bloody or cloudy urine, nausea or vomiting, and fever.
Hernia: Hernia that affects the abdominal area is hiatus hernia. One experiences symptoms like pressure in the upper part of the abdomen along with heartburn. One might also experience frequent attacks of hiccups, difficulty in swallowing food, and nausea.
Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed in the first 5 – 10 weeks of pregnancy. Sudden burning sensation in the stomach during pregnancy and lower abdominal pain are early ectopic pregnancy symptoms. The other symptoms experienced are abnormal vaginal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure.
As you now know, burning ache in the stomach can be associated with a number of unrelated diseases. The treatment for each disease is different. In certain abdomen-related diseases like hernia or appendicitis, surgery is required. Appropriate medication may be prescribed by the doctor in case of diseases like UTI or GERD. If the burning pain inside the stomach is severe, immediately contact a doctor.
However, if it is a situation in which you are unable to avail medical help, try these home remedies.
- There are many antacids available over-the-counter. They come in syrup and tablet form. The prescribed dosage for children and adults is mentioned on the label, so you can take the medicine accordingly.
- You can eat some yogurt to get relief from the burning pain in the stomach. Yogurt contains probiotics which help in IBS condition and improve overall stomach health.
- You can drink a glass of cold milk when suffering from burning stomach pain.
- Drink a lot of water (around 8 – 10 glasses a day). This will help in proper movement of bowels and aid digestion.
- In a glass of cold water, add some crushed cilantro leaves and 2 teaspoons of sugar. This drink will immediately give you relief from burning stomach pain.
- If you know what disorder you are suffering from, take precautions to prevent further aggravation of the stomach pain. For example, if you suffer from acidity, avoid eating spicy food, and eat light yet frequent meals. Also, eating more alkaline foods can greatly help to reduce acidity.
- Stress can be a contributing factor to the burning sensation. So, figure out the cause of stress and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
If the burning sensation in the stomach is severe, it is advisable to consult a doctor, who will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend the appropriate treatment. Never ignore burning stomach pain, as it might be a symptom pointing to a serious condition.
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