Upset Stomach After Eating

By | February 18, 2015

Are you suffering with an upset stomach after you eat? The symptoms of an upset stomach after eating can be very distressing and uncomfortable, so naturally you will want to get to the root cause and treat it. It’s also possible that your upset stomach is a symptom of an underlying health issue which needs attention. One common, and easily remedied, cause of upset stomach after you eat is simply having too much food in a meal. Too much food can make you feel rather uncomfortable for quite a while after you eat. There is also the chance that you’re suffering with a food related bug, like salmonella, or perhaps even an allergy to something that you’ve just eaten. However, an upset stomach might also have a more serious cause, such as a stomach ulcer or even a heart attack, which is why it’s important to get your symptoms checked out. The most common symptom of having an upset stomach is a feeling of being uncomfortable around your midsection, but you may also suffer nausea at the same time.

• Heartburn quite often accompanies an upset stomach. This produces a feeling of “something burning” inside your chest and throat or along the path of your esophagus. If you’re suffering with physical symptoms like heartburn, you might also find that you start to have other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

• Gastroparesis, which means paralyzed stomach, means the usual churning motion of your stomach isn’t working quite as it should. This churning motion is important to break down and mix the food you eat and aid with your digestion. If your stomach isn’t moving as it should; you may notice that you feel bloated, nauseous, or uncommonly full after you eat.

• Overeating is a common cause of having an upset stomach. It can easily be remedied by reducing the amount of food that you eat. It’s common to have some delay between when your stomach becomes full and when you start to feel full. To help your brain catch up to your body, try eating more slowly so you can get a better sense of how hungry you are.

• Hiatus hernia. The hiatus is an opening in your diaphragm between your abdominal cavity and your chest. A hiatus hernia means part of your stomach is protruding through your hiatus. This can cause you to feel nauseous or bloated straight after you eat, and is actually quite a common condition.

• Food related bugs such as staphylococcus or salmonella can lead to upset stomach after you eat. Typically, the symptoms won’t appear right away. You may also notice that you have symptoms that include; vomiting, diarrhea and nausea, which can in turn cause you to become dehydrated.

• Food intolerance. If you have an intolerance to a certain food, you may notice gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating; excess gas, a change in your bowel habits, belching and nausea. Lactose intolerance, for example, means you can’t digest the sugars in milk, and is quite a common condition. Other foods that are responsible for food intolerance includes sugar, fatty foods, wheat and many others.

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Diagnosing The Cause Of An Upset Stomach

The first step to finding out why you’re suffering an upset stomach after you eat is to visit your doctor for a thorough examination. Your doctor will most likely ask questions about your eating habits, and your medical and symptom history. If your doctor thinks it necessary, they can order a range of tests to help figure out what’s causing your upset stomach. Medical tests include; urine and blood tests, x rays, stool tests, a barium enema or an ultrasound of your abdomen.

Treatment Options For An Upset Stomach

You’ll need a diagnosis so that your doctor can recommend treatment options for you. For a stomach ulcer, you might be given antacids. If the cause is an infection such as H.pylori you’ll most likely need a course of antibiotics.

• Symptoms can often be helped by medication such as antacids that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

• Antibiotics are helpful for destroying bacteria such as H.pylori. Treating the bacteria can both cure any current ulcer, and help to prevent them forming in the future.

• If the problem is caused by irritable bowel syndrome, anti diarrhea medicine might be a much more helpful choice.

Other things you can do to help your upset stomach include drinking more clear fluids, not over eating, and making sure you chew your food properly. Try to cut down on solid foods while your upset stomach clears up, and opt for easily digested foods such as whole grains and lean proteins. You would be well advised to avoid Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage, as these aren’t easy to digest. Try to avoid spices, fried food, and red or black pepper, as they can make you feel worse. Coffee, fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol, onions, melons, apples and citrus fruits are also not recommended.

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