What is Causing Your Stomach Cramps?
Are you experiencing uncomfortable stomach cramps? This common condition has numerous causes and an accurate diagnosis is needed to pinpoint the problem: Everyday causes include:
- Gas Pains
- Intestinal Blockage
- Functional Dyspepsia
- Stomach Virus
- Food Poisoning
- Various Surgeries
- Menstrual Cramps
- Food Allergies
There are more serious causes such as appendicitis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcers. In general stomach cramps have simple causes and go away soon on their own.
When to See a Doctor
It’s time to see your doctor if the cramps persist for two or more days and you develop a fever with vomiting. Other negatives during this time can include painful urination, dehydration, and sore abdomen. Worse yet, are passing bloody or dark stools, vomiting blood, finding it hard to breathe, or are pregnant. These symptoms require immediate attention because they are evidence of a more serious condition.
Diagnosis for Stomach Cramps
When your condition requires seeing a doctor our physicians at Digestive Medicine Associates will administer a thorough medical exam and tests that map include:
- Blood Tests
- Stool Tests
Your personal and family medical history will be discussed to help determine the next steps to take toward relief, recovery, and future occurrences.
Treatment for This Condition
When your condition is less serious, medications and lifestyle changes may be enough to correct it. Some conditions may require surgery, depending on the cause.
If You Do Need Surgery
Thoroughly discussing your stomach cramps with one of our specialists at Digestive Medicine Associates before surgery can prevent a lot of grief following the surgery. You will begin with a personal medical history and then expand to your family’s medical history. Explain any allergies or allergic reactions you have had in the past including those to medications, anesthesia, and any other reactions.
Informing your doctor of past problems can be vital to successful surgery with the entire medical team. They can work up alternatives to your individual problems to maximize the success of your surgery and recovery.
Let our specialists know if you have a low tolerance for pain. Medications can be prescribed for your individual situation. Those that are known to cause pain or discomfort can be avoided. Foods and certain drinks that may cause gas or other gastric problems are to be avoided before surgery. Tell the doctor if you take any herbal medications, food supplements or vitamins.
Working with Your Doctor to Find Relief
There are several things you need to do following a visit to our clinic. You can:
- Participate in follow-up care
- Attend all doctor appointments
- Call our specialists if problems develop in the interim
- Take all medications the doctor prescribes
- Ask if you can take over-the-counter medicine
Be aware that problems or symptoms can develop later. Be attentive to your doctors and nurses so you will understand their directions for your relief and recovery. Read the summary report and things to do following surgery.
If you do have surgery you need to prevent and/or relieve gas buildup and pain. The best way to do this is to take walks. Walk as much as possible each day. It may be painful but go ahead and walk within your current medical guidelines. Walking has the advantage of helping the bowels to move and pass gas. This exercise also helps relieve constipation.
Another help is to do leg exercises by pulling your legs up to the chest and releasing them. Try rocking your body and turn from side to side. Be careful so you won’t damage the incision or stitches. Check with your doctor for further suggestions. A heating pad may bring some relief. Be careful not to burn yourself in areas where you feel some numbness.
Drink plenty of liquids if you are experiencing dehydration. Eat mild foods and do not smoke. Spicy foods and smoking can contribute to nausea. If your condition worsens call our doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates immediately for an appointment.