For most people, stomach aches are a regular part of life. But beyond the acute, temporary discomfort that we’ve all experienced, there are also several forms of abdominal pain that can be a sign of a serious health issue and shouldn’t be ignored.
That said, it can be pretty tricky to figure out if your stomach pain is the type that will resolve on its own or if you need to see your doctor. Here’s the lowdown on 10 dangerous stomach aches you don’t want to brush aside
Stomach Aches you Should Never Ignore
Description: stomach ache that causes a burning sensation just below the breastbone, especially after a large meal.
Possible causes: heartburn (reflux).
What to do: Take an over-the-counter antacid tablet for heartburn and avoid large, fatty meals. If this stomachache persists for several weeks, see your doctor.
Remember to avoid the large, fatty meals that can cause heartburn.
#2 Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis
Description: a stomachache that can manifest itself as sudden pain and tenderness in the lower left abdomen, perhaps accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting.
Possible causes: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.
What to do: Consult your doctor who may recommend a colonoscopy. Long-term treatment may be necessary.