Do you know how to treat stomach aches?
Most Australians have suffered from a stomach ache at one time or another, in fact one in three Australian adults suffer stomach aches and cramps every few months or more . Yet many people are still confused when it comes to appropriately treating the symptoms.
Stomach pain can be caused by a range of things and can be felt in different parts of your stomach. Sometimes it might be higher up under your rib cage or lower down.
The key thing to remember is that pain is an important sign that something is wrong. So dealing with this pain appropriately (and consulting your doctor at the right time) is important in order to avoid making the situation worse.
Many treatments are effective in treating stomach pain. Antispasmodics can be particularly useful in dealing with stomach aches. Rather than simply masking the pain, they work to relax the stomach muscles that cause aches, cramps and discomfort.
You may not be aware that aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs may not always be the most appropriate treatment for abdominal pain and in certain circumstances, they can cause a stomach ulcer or bowel problem.
It’s important to ensure you are taking the correct form of pain relief or treatment by reading the warning labels on all medication.
More severe or persistent symptoms will indicate the need for medical attention and you should make plans to see your doctor in these circumstances.
Do not consider self treatment if the pain is:
- Severe and getting worse
- Associated with weight loss
- Associated with bleeding from the bowel
- Associated with difficulty swallowing
- Associated with persistent vomiting
Most stomach aches can be dealt with quickly and easily. Try following the top tips included in the newsletter to avoid or alleviate symptoms. For further information and advice visit www.mystomachache.com.au or speak to your pharmacist.
References: 1. Robinson and James Omnibus Research. March 2010