Stomach Aches you Should Never Ignore

#1 Heartburn

Description: stomach ache that causes a burning sensation just below the breastbone, especially after a large meal.

Possible causes: heartburn (reflux).

What to do: Take an over-the-counter antacid tablet for heartburn and avoid large, fatty meals. If this stomachache persists for several weeks, see your doctor.

Remember to avoid the large, fatty meals that can cause heartburn.

#2 Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis

Description: a stomachache that can manifest itself as sudden pain and tenderness in the lower left abdomen, perhaps accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting.

Possible causes: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.

What to do: Consult your doctor who may recommend a colonoscopy. Long-term treatment may be necessary.