Stomach pain is the most common pain people suffer.Many rely on the over the counter medicines,many try different foods and many see their doctor.
Recently,a 8 year old girl,Natalie complained of stomach pain for a few months.Her mother Melinda Cosman took her to a doctor,who thought that it was stomach bug. A few months later,when pain was severe,her mom took her to ER.The doctor thought it could be due to appendix--but in order to be sure ordered a Sonogram test next day. The test revealed that Natalie had a CYST in OVARY--which turned out to be cancerous.
Fortunately,it was caught early--so Natalie's life was saved.
I have found Stomach pain in a 15 year old-that turned out to be Chron's disease.
So there are many causes.
Some are detected thru tests,but some are not.
They can be caused by STRESS
They can be caused by overuse of pain killers.
They can be caused by foods we eat.
Stress and foods play a lot of havoc in WOMEN--for what Gastroenterologists call--Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The best approach is to keep a diary of
What you eat during the day?
Jot down when you are stressed?
Note the timing of pain and where and what type?
Take this diary to your doctor who may offer some medicine or some changes in food or lifestyle or some test. For example there is test for Gluten or Diary products or eggs--but these are expensive.So your doctor wants to be sure before ordering these tests.
Punchline: You need to be active by keeping a DIARY.
IBS is common in women 2-6 times more than men.
Some women have found relief by controlling their diet and lifestyle.