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Tips to Reduce Stomach Swelling & Pain

author image Jennifer Terry
Jennifer Terry is program director for TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. As a University of Alabama graduate, she holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor in psychology with an emphasis in child development. She also earned an Associate in business management and second Associate in computer information systems from Bevill State Community College. She holds a grant writing certificate from North Georgia College and State University.
Tips to Reduce Stomach Swelling & Pain
Tips to Reduce Stomach Swelling & Pain

Stomach swelling and pain can be very uncomfortable. The swelling makes your clothes tighter and can even cause difficulty breathing. Pain can accompany the swelling and add to the anxiety. Stomach swelling and pain can occur when we least expect it. Having a few options ready to remedy the swelling and pain can help anytime it hits.

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Change of Diet

Eliminating foods that produce gas can help when the stomach swelling and pain is due to intestinal gas. If the gas does not decrease, reintroduce the food and take out another suspected food. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can help reduce stomach swelling and pain. Reduce your intake of processed foods, carbonated drinks and alcohol. Reduce your intake of fat, which can cause a lot of stomach swelling and pain. Restricting salt intake can have a positive effect on some people who have recently had an episode of stomach swelling.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies can be found through herbal ingredients that are safe and gentle on the body. Ginger is said to be very effective for the digestive system. This remedy works by increasing digestive fluids and neutralizing acid. Heartburn can be treated with fennel and mint. Stomach pain and cramps can be alleviated through the use of pelargonium graveolens, which is an herb that minimizes stomach pain and cramps.

Treatment for Underlying Conditions

Sometimes stomach swelling and pain is due to other underlying conditions that are manifesting themselves as stomach pain. Seeking medical advice to help identify and treat the condition may help reduce the swelling and pain. Some conditions that cause stomach swelling and pain are pneumonia, lactose intolerance, food allergies, shingles, costochandritis (rib cartilage inflammation), nerve irritation, hernias protruding through the abdominal wall, scar tissue or constipation. In some cases, the cause may be heart related and an examination for myocardial infarction (heart attack) may be in order.

Lifestyle Changes

Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Keep a diary of foods that were eaten. Eat fresh fruits that do not cause gas to form. Exercise a few times a week. Weight gain may be a factor in additional stomach swelling and pain. Losing weight can help get rid of some of the swelling and pain.

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