How to Treat a Stomach Ache

Updated on May 26, 2017
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I ate dairy products my entire life before discovering I was lactose tolerant. I've had my fair share of stomach aches over the years.

Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Stomach Pain

It happens to everyone from time to time; we are all prone to getting stomach aches. It goes without saying that no one wants to experience this type of discomfort, and the sooner you relieve it the better. So what do you do when you get tummy pain?

There are many common ingredients and natural remedies that you can use to help soothe your pain. Most of these ingredients are readily available, and it’s very likely that you already have some of these things in your home. Here is my list of suggested tips, tricks, and home remedies to help you deal with your stomach pain and help get back to feeling well again.

A word of caution: If your stomach pain is unbearable, if you notice that the pain lasts a long time, or if it’s starting to get worse, please see a doctor. A bad stomach pain can be a sign of a more serious issue, and a doctor is the best person to diagnose your ailment. If, however, you only have a mild pain, here is a list of ways to soothe your stomach pain.

Ginger is a natural remedy for stomach aches
Ginger is a natural remedy for stomach aches | Source

Ginger

Ginger or ginger root is very popular for soothing an upset stomach. It’s great for helping with digestion and for relieving cramps. It’s also anti-viral which means it will help fight a cold or flu. Peel the outer layer of the ginger and then shred about a teaspoon of it. If you don’t mind the strong taste of ginger, you can eat it raw, or dipped in a bit of sugar. You can also turn your ginger into tea: add the shredded ginger into some hot water, let it steep for several minutes and then drink.

Ginger Ale

Some people believe that the combination of carbonation and ginger really helps their stomachs. Many people use soda water to help soothe their stomach and with the added benefit of ginger, ginger ale is a common remedy for curing stomach pain.

Dried mint leaves work well to help soothe  stomach pain
Dried mint leaves work well to help soothe stomach pain | Source

Mint

Mint has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion and calm upset stomachs. You can eat fresh mint leaves or you can crush it in water and drink it like that. Alternatively you can make a tea out of the mint leaves. If you don’t have mint leaves handy, you can buy mint tea bags in any grocery store. It’s very popular and very easy to find. Just boil some water and let the mint leaves steep for 3-5 minutes. Then drink.

Baking soda mixed in water for a stomach ache
Baking soda mixed in water for a stomach ache | Source

Baking Soda

Almost everyone has baking soda in their homes: it’s a popular item with hundreds of uses. Instead of going out to buy something to help your stomach cramps, why not use the baking soda that you already have! Baking Soda is simply sodium bicarbonate: It works like an antacid tablet to relieve many common ailments such as upset stomach, heartburn, nausea and indigestion. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water and drink.

Eat some rice if you have diarrhea
Eat some rice if you have diarrhea | Source

Rice

Rice is wonderful in helping cure an upset stomach, especially if your stomach ache is accompanied by diarrhea. Rice is a light and gentle food that is high in fiber. Best of all it won’t irritate your stomach. It’s also perfect for absorbing liquid, so it can help cure your diarrhea and solidify waste. Rice absorbs any gastric juices or toxins in your stomach that could be making you feel ill and will help you to feel better in no time.

Other Home Remedies

Heating Pad: The warmth of a heating pad can relax the muscles and help relieve pain. Place a heating pad on the affected area of your stomach and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.

Warm Water: If you are really stuck and don’t have any of the above ingredients, just sipping some warm water can do the trick to help soothe your tummy pain.

Over-the-Counter Solution: A stomach ache can strike at any moment, and it might not always be convenient to treat it with the home remedies discussed here. If you are really in desperate need of relieving your stomach ache, you can always try antacid pills (such as Tums) or Pepto Bismol. They are made to treat a variety of ailments including upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, and gas.

Investigate the Pain

In order to investigate the source or cause of the pain, ask yourself these questions:

What are your symptoms? What were you doing when the stomach ache occurred? What have you eaten recently? Do you feel bloated or do you have gas? Are your clothes too tight?

All of the answers to these questions can help you figure out what is going on with your body and how the stomach pain occurred. Figuring out the cause of your stomach ache can be the first step in treating the pain.

What are your symptoms?
Is stomach pain the only symptom? If you notice that you also feel nauseous or you are experiencing body aches as well, it’s very possible that you are getting sick. Stomach cramps, fever, body aches and nausea are all consistent with the flu and/or food poisoning. If the pain starts to get worse, you should see a doctor.

What were you doing when the stomach ache occurred?
Were you doing something stressful or something that you don’t like doing when you started to feel your stomach pain? Sometimes when people feel anxious or stressed out, they can start to get a stomach ache. If you feel that you might be having stomach pain due to either stress or anxiety, try to relax.

How to deal with a stomach ache caused by stress:
Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold the air in your lungs for about 5 seconds, then expel the air through your mouth. Do this several times until you start to relax.
It can also be beneficial to move around a bit and do some stretching. Stretch your arms straight up as far up as they can reach, as if you were trying to touch the ceiling. As you are stretching out your arms, bring your rib cage up and out and take some deep breaths to relax. Then slowly move your arms and head to the left and right side of your body. Hold the position for a few seconds making sure to take deep breaths along the way. If you notice that the pain in your stomach starts to subside as you begin to relax, it is very likely that the pain was caused by stress.

What have you eaten recently?
People who get frequent stomach aches might be eating something that their stomach disagrees with. It’s also possible that you are allergic to something in your diet. Try to think about what you ate right before the stomach ache began. Ask yourself if you ate anything new or if you ingested heavy foods full of fat. It’s no secret that heavy foods are hard to digest. If there is a lot of grease or fat in the foods that you consumed your stomach might be having trouble digesting it.

Some people have a slight food intolerance and don’t even know it. It is possible that you might have a food intolerance or have trouble digesting a certain type of food. Some people’s bodies have trouble digesting meat or dairy products. I can relate to this: I ate dairy products my entire life before I discovered that I had an intolerance to lactose. If you think that you are eating something that is making you sick, try to keep a log of your eating habits. Cut the food that you suspect out of your diet. If you notice that the stomach aches occur only when you ingest a specific food, or food group, it’s very likely that you have a food allergy.

Do you have gas? Every so often, a stomach ache can simply be caused by gas. Try to curl up into a ball: Lie on your back and fold your knees into your chest so that your legs are pushing into your stomach. Hold your knees with your arms and try to rock back and forth. The pressure from your legs should help treat the gas and make your stomach feel better.

Are your clothes too tight? At times, the solution to stomach pain can be the most obvious. Tight fitting clothes push into the stomach and can cause a stomach ache. If you are wearing tight clothes try to loosen them. You can do this by loosening your belt or unbuttoning the top button in your pants. If you notice a dramatic decrease in pain after you loosen your clothes, your clothes are too restrictive and they are the likely cause of your stomach pain.

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        Lala 

        4 years ago

        Still hurts! I went to a concert the came home and slept, and I woke up mumbling to myself and my stomach cramps up

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        Very practical help here, and nicely done.

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