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What Does It Mean When Your Stomach Hurts And You Get Cramps?

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Tracy Koroma answered
Stomach pain and cramps can be caused by all sorts of things. I feel for you, though - I know how much they can interfere with your life!

Stomach Pain and PMS
This one only applies to the girls! Stomach pains and cramps are very common before and during your period.

Nearly every woman will experience this at least occasionally, and we all know that there’s not a huge amount that can be done to help.

A couple of painkillers and a nice warm bath are my favorite remedies. Hot water bottles can work, too.

I think the best way to deal with period pain is to make sure you’re comfortable, have a glass of wine and a bit of chocolate, and indulge yourself.

Getting comfortable won’t make the pain stop, but it’s much easier to tolerate cramps when you’re curled up in your pyjamas with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s!

Constipation and Trapped Wind
Both of these are usually dietary issues. If you eat a lot of processed food, or drink a lot of carbonated beverages (soda or beer, for instance) then you’re likely to experience some kind of stomach pain or cramping.

The best way to ease this sort of pain is to drink plenty of hot drinks, make sure you’re getting enough fiber (wholegrains, fruit and vegetables are great for this) and get some exercise.

I know you won’t feel like running about with cramps, but a brisk walk should really make a difference. It’ll lessen the pain and it’ll also encourage regular bowel movements.

Digestive Troubles
Eating something that doesn’t agree with you - or not eating anything at all - is very likely to cause you stomach pains.

Spicy food, dairy products and large meals are all pretty big culprits, especially if you have an intolerance to any of their ingredients.

If you’re usually a really healthy person, eating junk food can cause pretty bad cramps because your body’s not used to processing that rubbish!

Eating too much, and eating too little, can both cause your stomach to hurt - it’ll probably be a dull pain if you’ve eaten too much, and cramps if you’ve eaten too little.

What If It’s None Of Those Things?
Then go and see your doctor! If the pain lasts more than a few days - and you know it’s not caused by any of the above - you should make an appointment and get a medical professional to check it out.
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Julia answered
There is not really one good reason for your stomach (or your intestines) to hurt or cramp. For me, though, it usually means I've eaten something that my system doesn't like and I have massive diarrhoea on the way.

If it lasts too long, please make an appointment with a doctor to see what's going on.

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