What is a Stomach Ache?
Common pain in the belly (abdomen) is usually related to indigestion or an upset stomach. This occurs when the digestion process is more difficult than usual for the body to perform. This may occur as a result of certain foods, eating too fast or eating food that is past its sell-by-date. Stomach ache can also occur as a result of certain conditions – some physical, such as a ‘tummy bug’, flu, gastritis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and some psychological conditions – such as stress and anxiety.
Stomach ache is also used to describe pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity – these organs include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Alternatively, pain may be felt in the abdomen - arising from organs that are close to but not within the abdominal cavity, such as the lower lungs, the kidneys, and the uterus or ovaries. Distention of an organ such as the liver (as is the case with hepatitis) may also cause stomach ache.
As stomach pain can arise from conditions affecting a variety of organs, if Stomach Ache persists or is recurrent, it is advised that you seek medical advice.