Gas Pain in Lower Abdomen
Gas pain in lower abdomen happens when there is a collection of gas in a section of the lower digestive tract causing pain and a sensation of bloated stomach. This happens during our daily acts such as eating, breathing through the mouth, and drinking. The gases include oxygen, nitrogen, methane, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Gas pain in the lower abdomen can express itself as cramps, jabbing sharp pains, or a twisted knot in the stomach. The pain will occur if the gas is not passed either through the mouth as a burp or the lower end as flatus. The gas pains can also be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, celiac pain, or stomach flu.
- Eating or drinking anything too fast is bound to result into a painful gas situation in the lower abdomen. You take in much more unwanted air this way causing the gas to build.
- Eating food high in fiber such as legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is going to cause fermentation of undigested carbohydrates by bacteria in the colon area. This process gives off gas which builds up and causes you pain. Unfortunately, these are the healthy foods and giving them up is not an option. Fatty foods also may cause this problem.
- As I said earlier, gas pain may also be associated with certain illnesses such as stomach flu, inflammatory bowel disease, crohn’s disease, food poisoning, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Intolerance to certain foods such as diary products due to lactose intolerance, gluten a protein found in wheat, and some other in whole grains.
- Excess use of antibiotics will clean out the systems even of the good bacteria leaving the intestinal area under equipped. Laxative or and constipation drugs will cause the same problem as well. Also, too much artificial sweeteners in sugar free foods, will a give painful gas situation to most healthy people. Also, it is good to stay away from carbonated foods and drinks such as sodas.
Possible treatments and prevention techniques
- Identify food that affects you in this way and stay away from it especially for that which you do not need such as fatty foods, ice cream, or carbonated drinks. For the fiber foods that you do need, try to eat them in moderation and not take in too much that will form excess.
- Over the counter digestive aids should prove to be some help such as Beano which will ease the effect of the fibers that you do eat. If the gas is caused by excessive antibiotic use, you should then use acidophilus capsules or some fluids.
- Eat meals of a smaller amount and let eating be a relaxed affair and not something you do in a rush. Chew your food thoroughly and avoid gulping it down. If you are upset, it is best to skip eating until later when you can fully concentrate on the task at hand.
- Peppermint tea has also been known to have some useful effect on the relieving of the gas pain in the lower abdomen. The menthol in the peppermint is said to have soothing effects on the muscles of the digestive tract and will help relieve the pain.
- Adapt a new lifestyle to include exercising such jogging or cycling. Mild exercise is bound to make you fitter overall and will do wonders for your entire system, digestive tract inclusive. Stop smoking, resist from drinking through straws, and stay away from chewing gum and hard candy. All these habits take in extra air into your stomach and it has to come out somehow and if not then it is likely to cause pain.
- If you have an underlying disease, it is best to have it checked out and confirmed. Then you should have the illness treated as soon as possible and once the disease has been cured, then the pain caused by gas accumulation should go away as well.
As I always say, any pain you feel that is beyond and above the ordinary already diagnosed pain should be taken to a doctor. Let the doctor know what is wrong and give him a chance to diagnose your pain, and then you can start treating it. The problem with treating pain without knowing the cause is that you may be treating something else while what ails you gets worse from neglect.