What the Location of Your Bellyache Reveals About Your Health

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Pain in the lower chest area or top of the abdominal area: Heartburn

Heartburn (acid reflux) creates a burning pain in your lower chest area, and the top of your abdomen. Also, you can feel burning in your throat and it sometimes brings up a weird acidic taste that you can feel in your throat.

Causes: There are a bunch of foods that can trigger heartburn. Among them are: greasy and spicy foods, alcohol (particularly red wine), raw onions, chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee, and caffeinated drinks. Moreover, smoking cigarettes makes heartburn worse.

Solution: Try not to overeat — it’s better to eat 5 to 6 small meals during your day, instead of 2-3 huge meals. Also, it’s recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid pressure on your abdomen and to try to quit smoking.

Severe pain in the upper abdominal area: Ulcers

Ulcers might be the reason for sharp pain in your upper abdominal and stomach area. Ulcers appear when your stomach lining is damaged, they can also be triggered by strong painkillers. The other symptoms of ulcers are: changes in appetite, nausea, bloody or dark stools, unexplained weight loss, vomiting, and chest pain.

Causes: Frequent use of aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs and smoking and drinking too much alcohol adversely affects the stomach and causes ulcers.

Solution: To prevent ulcers, it’s recommended to not drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day and to not mix it with medications. You should also limit painkillers and wash your hands before every meal. It’s very important to eat a diet that includes whole grains, mixed with fruits or vegetables, and quit smoking.

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