Having stomach pain after eating?, these may be the cause

Stomach pain or an ache in the abdominal region can be difficult to
cope with at the best of times. But when it strikes every time you
eat a meal or snack, it affects your appetite and even your interest
in food. The reasons for the pain could be numerous, but here’s a
look at some of the top causes.
Allergies: Food allergies cause your body to get into its “fight”
mode, triggering immune system responses. These sometimes
cause very severe reactions. If a food does not agree with you, you
experience an allergic reaction which may include stomach pain
and cramps. In fact, stomach pain is one of the milder symptoms,
and so are things like mild rashes, runny nose or watery eyes,
diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. If you experience more severe
reactions like wheezing/shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing,
swelling of the tongue, lips, or throat, trouble breathing, falling
blood pressure, feeling faint, or a chest pain, seek emergency
medical care.
Again, Food Intolerance: Gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and
non-celiac gluten sensitivity can all result in pain and cramping
after you consume any product containing gluten. Your body could
react adversely to wheat or products made from them like bread,
pasta, or flour. Your body sees this particular food protein as a
threat and starts a stress response or immunological response to
the offending food. The pain isn’t long-lasting and wanes as the
food moves out of your body. Symptoms for all these conditions
are similar and may include diarrhea or constipation, excessive
wind, nausea, and vomiting, besides cramps and pain in the
stomach. Lactose intolerance is a similar problem triggered by
lactose-containing foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, or ice cream.
Lactose, the sugar found in milk, can cause bad pain and cramps
in the stomach and may also result in bloating, flatulence, and
diarrhea. Your best bet to manage food intolerance is to avoid
foods that you are sensitive to.
Ulcers: A peptic ulcer in your stomach (gastric ulcer) or in the
initial section of the small intestine (duodenal ulcer) is another
possibility. Besides the pain and discomfort after meals or during
the day, you may find the pain keeps you up or causes you to
wake up at night.Depending on how soon after a meal you feel the
pain, you can tell if it’s a gastric or duodenal ulcer. A gastric ulcer
is usually experienced almost immediately after you eat something
(within an hour), but a duodenal one will take longer to hurt. This is
because the food will need at least 45 minutes to an hour to wind
its way down through your digestive system to the small intestine.
When you have an ulcer, the lining of the stomach or intestine
becomes swollen or inflamed. When food presses against it as it
passes through, it causes you pain.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
involves discomfort and pain in the abdominal area, as well as
altered bowel movement patterns. Certain things like fatty food or
inadequate fiber in your diet can make constipation worse and add
to your pain. Caffeine and artificial sweeteners can also cause
problems, with symptoms worsening after you consume these
problematic foods. Large portion sizes or huge meals can also
make matters worse.
Finally, Gallstones: If your abdominal pain is triggered by fatty
foods and is located in the central section of your abdomen or just
beneath your ribs, to the right, it may be due to gallstones. These
tiny stones formed from cholesterol can get stuck in the duct
leading to the intestine, cause you a lot of pain, and leave the
gallbladder inflamed. You may experience it once and then never
have the pain for a few months. But other symptoms like nausea,
vomiting, or excessive sweating may be present. If the pain lasts
over 8 hours you may need immediate medical care. When it gets
more severe, the pain intensifies and you may also have a fever of
38°C (100.4°F) or higher. You could also become jaundiced with
the white of the eyes and skin yellowing. Being overweight or
having high cholesterol levels in the bile can cause these stones to
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