We all know how important the normal work of the gastrointestinal tract. However, with the appearance of hungry pains in the stomach, we often do not think about the reasons for their occurrence, drowning out a light snack. But in this way the body is trying to convey to us important information that its work has failed and requires direct participation in the restoration of its normal functioning. In this article, we will look at the symptoms and causes of starvation pains in the stomach, as well as ways to eliminate them.
Hunger pains in the stomach - what is it?
Hunger pains are widely known in medicine and regardless of the causes and nature of the occurrence have a single name - gastralgia. The disease is the most common manifestation of psychosomatic disorders of the gastric mucosa and is characterized by cramping pain in the middle of the abdomen, sometimes radiating to other parts of the body: the right hypochondrium with an impact in the shoulder.
The peculiarity of hungry pains in the stomach is that after eating the pain gradually subsides and eventually disappears completely.
Causes and symptoms of pathology
Pain in the stomach is closely related to food intake and the nature of the pain. So, gastritis makes itself felt almost immediately after taking sour, fatty or coarse foods. In case of ulcerative lesions of the stomach, pain most often occurs within 1-2 hours after eating. Hungry pains late at night or early in the morning, which are relieved by eating, are characteristic of duodenal ulcerative pathologies.
Based on this, we can conclude that acute pain in the stomach is often caused by the development of the inflammatory process on the intestinal walls:
- pre-ulcer condition;
- stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer;
- impaired gastric juice production;
- gastritis in the period of exacerbation.
But along with these reasons, other factors can provoke pain:
- violation of the general hormonal background, as well as the imbalance of melatonin and lepton;
- emotional shocks, stress;
- helminthic invasions;
- trematodosis of the liver.
Hungry pains also provoke nervous disorders, in which a person tries to intuitively protect themselves from eating, therefore such people very often lose weight drastically and without reason.
Despite the possible causes of pain, each person feels hungry pain in his own way. Most often, people experience throbbing pain, but there may be such:
- aching pain in the right hypochondrium, which increases after slight physical exertion;
- pulling or sucking pains in the stomach, which subside after eating;
- burning pain after direct ingestion of food;
- acute pain in the stomach.
All of the above feelings may not be accompanied by any pronounced symptomatology at all, or the person does not attach much importance to it, taking it as the norm. However, it should be noted that during inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal tract, doctors observe other phenomena of dyspeptic type:
- emetic urges, often acidic;
- problems with stool normalization;
- increased acidity of the stomach;
- stomach cramps;
- unpleasant taste in the mouth;
- decreased appetite;
The manifestation of one or more of the above symptoms may be a symptom of any disease of the gastrointestinal tract, which cannot be established on its own. That is why you should not postpone the problem, but it is better to immediately contact a gastroenterologist.
Drug treatment and proper nutrition
A timely visit to the clinic will help to establish the exact cause of the occurrence of fasting pain in the stomach and apply the methods of conservative treatment without surgical intervention. Depending on the diagnosis and test indicators, the gastroenterologist may prescribe medications aimed at curing gastrointestinal diseases, namely:
- reduced production of gastric juice;
- normalization of hydrochloric acid production;
- improved gastrointestinal motility;
- elimination of muscle spasm and pain;
- elimination of harmful bacteria and helminthic invasions.
In some cases, in addition to medical treatment, you may need the help of doctors of another specialty, for example, a nutritionist and a psychologist. In severe stages of the disease with serious damage to the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract, the patient may need hospitalization.
Gastroenterologists prescribe medications only as a complex therapy with a strict diet. People suffering from hunger pains in the stomach should exclude from their diet fatty, fried, smoked, canned food, as well as eat foods with a low content of oxalic acids, salts and refractory fats.
If the doctors diagnosed gastralgia, turn your taste preferences on dietary meats: include rabbit, young beef, turkey, veal in the diet. Be sure to eat the first dishes daily. Eliminate pain and relieve spasmolytic pain can kissel. It gently envelops the walls of the stomach and intestines, preventing the development of peptic ulcer.
Women with hunger pains should abandon uncontrolled diets for weight loss.
And finally, I would like to note: to pretend that everything is normal, while experiencing severe hunger pains, is not worth it. A timely visit to the doctor will solve many problems. Do not be afraid of terrible tests, worry for the possible consequences of the development of inflammatory processes. Be careful about your health, because in the modern world there are many gentle ways and effective drugs for the treatment of various diseases, especially the gastrointestinal tract.