The cause of stomach pain can be difficult to determine. It could be anything from something you ate to a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Visiting the doctor can help determine your pain’s cause and address it. In the meantime, however, take a look at two common reasons your stomach may be hurting and what to do about them.
Trapped Gas Can Cause Intense Stomach Pain
Gas is a natural part of the digestive system. A byproduct of our gut bacteria, gas can be a sign that things are functioning properly. However, in some cases, a bubble of gas can become trapped. This trapped gas can lead to pain so intense you may think you’re suffering from appendicitis or a heart attack.
Though going to the doctor is always recommended if you feel you’re having a medical emergency, there are some treatments for trapped gas you can try at home.
Movement, through yoga or walking around, can help. You can also try taking ½ teaspoon of baking soda, which has been shown to work in studies. Herbal teas or even warm water can help as well.
If you frequently suffer from trapped gas, you may have an underlying medical condition, such as lactose intolerance, so check in with your doctor.
Some STDs Can Cause Stomach Pain
Certain sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, can cause stomach and abdomen pain.
The pain can range from mild to intensely uncomfortable, and there can even be symptoms of nausea and diarrhea. If you believe there is a chance you may have an STD, be sure to get tested through an STD screening. Even if you believe the pain to be due to other reasons, such as gas, many symptoms of STD pain are non-distinct. Getting tested can help rule out reasons for your abdominal pain.
Frequent screenings can ensure proper health. Failure to test and address your STD can cause pelvic inflammatory disease(PID), a serious condition that can result in ectopic pregnancies or infertility.
Northwest Women’s Center Offers STD Testing
Taking care of your health is possible by visiting a doctor. Gas can pass naturally, but STDs need treatment; otherwise, they can become PID. If you’ve been sexually active, don’t delay. Get tested.
At the Northwest Women’s Center, the capable team believes in providing quality care. Their dedicated staff is here for you to answer any questions or offer support. Located in Houston, TX, their goal is to provide care for a woman at every stage of her life.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at 281-444-3440.