People experiencing stomach pain can find it to be mild or severe. The treatment for the pain will depend on its severity. Severe pain in the stomach should never be ignored as it can be an indication that emergency treatment is needed.
Stomach pain after eating can be caused by a number of factors. Discomfort can be caused by dietary problems or lack of physical activity. If frequent pain is experienced after eating then there could be a problem with the digestive system that may need medical attention. Discomfort after eating can be associated with pain in organs of the digestive system including the intestines, spleen, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, liver or appendix. The symptoms that are being experienced can identify which organ has the problem and what treatment is needed.
Food Allergy – An allergic reaction to a food that has just been eaten can cause pain in the stomach. Common foods that cause allergies include nuts, eggs and shellfish.
Food Poisoning – People suffering from food poisoning will experience a sharp abdominal pain which will occur after eating.
Food Intolerance – Eating certain foods that may cause an intolerance is the most common cause of stomach pain after eating.
Appendicitis – People suffering from appendicitis will experience intense abdominal pain on their lower right side. They may also experience symptoms such as mild fever, vomiting or nausea.
Gallstones – A symptom of gallstones may be abdominal pain on the upper right side after eating.
Pancreatitis – Severe abdominal pain is a symptom of pancreatitis that may be experienced either immediately after eating a heavy meal or up to twelve hours afterwards.
Intestinal Obstruction – Symptoms of an intestinal obstruction can include moderate stomach cramps that occur after eating, which is followed by vomiting that may have the scent of stools. Watery stools or no stools at all are other symptoms of this condition.
Gastroenteritis – Symptoms of gastroenteritis include extreme stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. This condition is also known as stomach flu.
Heartburn – Another common cause of stomach ache after eating is heartburn.
Diverticulitis – Diverticulitis is a disease of the digestive system where pouches form within the bowel wall which can become infected or inflamed. Symptoms of this disease can include a tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen and severe stomach cramps.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Pain in the lower abdomen, stomach bloating and feeling tired after eating are all symptoms of IBS which is a disorder that affects the function of the bowel.
Constipation – Symptoms of constipation include hard stools, bloating, stomach ache and less than three bowel movements in one week.
Eating Habits – Stomach ache can be caused by eating food too quickly or by consuming too much food. It can also be caused by eating a large quantity of food after the stomach has been empty for a long period of time.
Ulcers – The soft tissue in the lining of the stomach can be eroded by acidic foods. Ulcers can be caused by eating foods that are too spicy and can be extremely painful.
Celiac Disease – When gluten is consumed it can cause a reaction in the immune system of people who suffer from Celiac disease. Gluten is a protein that is found in graham flour, wheat and barley.
Lactose Intolerance – Milk and milk products are rejected by the body in people who are lactose intolerant. Intense pain in the stomach and bloating will be experienced if milk based foods are consumed.